Homeland Security wants to extend NM border zoneWould allow some Mexican nationals to visit deeper into the US
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is eyeing a plan to extend the border zone in New Mexico by 30 miles to allow some Mexican nationals to visit deeper into the U.S.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced Wednesday the proposed changes to extend the border zone in New Mexico up to 55 miles, from the current 25 mile restriction, for "border crossing card" holders.
The proposed changes would allow those card holders to travel to Deming and Las Cruces, N.M. Proponents say the move would stimulate trade and tourism activity. It would also reduce the amount of paperwork for the border patrol when processing visitors with cards.
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