Lines Getting Longer At Border Due To I-94 Permits
Jul 30, 2013 at 4:52 PM CST
Jul 30, 2013
Lines of people are wrapped around the border at bridge number two waiting to get into the U.S. Before that, they need an I-94 permit. "The I-94 allows them to leave the border region and go into the interior of the U.S. It gives them a certain amount of days they can remain in the U.S." The I-94 permit allows people to remain in the U.S for up to six months. However, they cannot travel more than 25 miles into the U.S. CBP officers anticipate July to be the heaviest month at the port of entry because people are returning from vacation and getting ready for back to school. On average, there are 100 buses that come across a day carrying roughly 40 people per bus. During the month of July, there have been 150 to180 buses per day." "In the month of July, we've issued about 124,000 permits this month alone." CBP has issued 825,000 permits this year. Last year, they hit nearly one million so we asked if they're on track to have the same numbers. "I'm not sure we'll reach a million, but we'll be very, very close to it." Other months during the year that have long lines of people include Thanksgiving and Christmas and Holy week. Uribe reminds people to have their documents handy which will help expedite traffic.