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Big Bend Border Crossing to Possibly Reopen

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The U.S. government will reopen an informal crossing with Mexico at Big Bend National Park that was closed years ago due to security concerns. From Fronteras: The Changing America Desk, Hernán Rozemberg reports.

January 7, 2011 ·The sparsely populated stretch of the U.S.-Mexico border along the Big Bend area has no official ports of entry. The government shuttered several informal crossings after the 9/11 attacks. But interest in the creation of a binational preservation area prompted a push by the National Park Service to reopen the once-popular Boquillas passage.

"It was done at the request of the park service. For a number of years, they've been working with the Mexican government and people in Mexico who had a vested interest in trying to establish some form of environmentally-sensitive area along the river," said Bill Brooks, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Big Bend.

Brooks did not know when the crossing will reopen or whether it will be a more formal setting than in years past. Details of the project will be announced at a news conference at Big Bend National Park.