US Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas met with Mexican authorities led by Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard to discuss strengthening border infrastructure to deal with migration.
During the meeting at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mexico City, the new border crossing Otay Mesa-II or Otay Mesa Este, between San Diego in California and Tijuana in the state of Baja California, was described as a strategic priority.
The project, currently under construction, will reduce waiting times from a few hours to 20 minutes on average.
According to U.S. officials, Mexico has secured most of the right-of-ways needed on its side of the border to begin construction, which are located on land owned by private companies and individuals.
Their American counterparts have already secured the land, chosen a design and started construction.
Otay Mesa-II is one of 17 border infrastructure projects carried out by Mexico.
Washington’s Ambassador to Mexico, Ken Salazar, said after the meeting that the two teams would continue to work to “create a border of the century between Mexico and the United States that will improve security and facilitate commerce.”
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