/ Modified may 25, 2017 5:03 p.m.

Trump Budget Includes San Luis Border Crossing Rebuild

Local officials are both surprised and excited about the $234M set aside for the port.

San Luis Port Afternoon traffic heading into the U.S. builds up at the San Luis Port of Entry in San Luis Río Colorado, Sonora, 2011.
Michel Marizco, Fronteras Desk

MEXICO CITY - The federal government would pay to overhaul the port of entry in San Luis, Arizona, under President Donald Trump’s proposed budget.

The president’s budget seeks to make overall cuts in federal spending. But it sets aside $234 million to tear down and rebuild the San Luis port of entry. Local officials are both surprised and excited.

"It feels good after five years of traveling and presenting presentations and looking like a broken record sometimes to finally see it come true,” said San Luis Vice Mayor Matias Rosales.

The port represents almost a third of all crossings in Arizona, Rosales said, adding that much-needed upgrades will mean business opportunities for the surrounding areas.

The new port would have a dedicated center for pedestrians and double the number of car lanes to at least 12.

Fronteras Desk
This story is from the Fronteras Desk, a collaboration of Southwestern public radio stations, including NPR 89.1. Read more from the Fronteras Desk.
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