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Mexico: Drivers face lengthy queues as US border gridlock continues02:09

Mexico: Drivers face lengthy queues as US border gridlock continues

Mexico, Tijuana
April 5, 2019 at 08:39 GMT +00:00 · Published

Long queues of lorries were filmed at the Otay border crossing in Tijuana on Thursday, after US President Donald Trump threatened to close the border if Mexico does not take stronger actions to stop immigration.

Reports suggest that lorries are facing long waiting times, as re-deployed US border agents are performing additional check-ups in a bid to combat illegal immigration.

"Usually it takes an hour and a half or two hours, but yesterday it took six hours to cross. We are talking about three times longer. The waiting [time] has tripled. It is a desperate, chaotic situation," said one lorry driver.

The US president admitted that closing the border would harm US economy, but stressed that security was "more important than trade."

Mexico: Drivers face lengthy queues as US border gridlock continues02:09
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Long queues of lorries were filmed at the Otay border crossing in Tijuana on Thursday, after US President Donald Trump threatened to close the border if Mexico does not take stronger actions to stop immigration.

Reports suggest that lorries are facing long waiting times, as re-deployed US border agents are performing additional check-ups in a bid to combat illegal immigration.

"Usually it takes an hour and a half or two hours, but yesterday it took six hours to cross. We are talking about three times longer. The waiting [time] has tripled. It is a desperate, chaotic situation," said one lorry driver.

The US president admitted that closing the border would harm US economy, but stressed that security was "more important than trade."