U.S. Sens. Martin Heinrich and Tom Udall are pushing for congressional approval to open New Mexico's Santa Teresa bordering crossing 24 hours a day.
The New Mexico Democrats say they have introduced an amendment to the Senate immigration reform bill that would extend the hours of operation for both commercial and private vehicles from 12 to 24 hours. The senators say that keeping the Santa Teresa Port of Entry open will help reduce congestion in El Paso while facilitating trade and security along the border.
Last month, the senators sent a letter asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to open the port 24 hours a day.
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