Fewer people cross the border this holiday season - Tucson News Now

Fewer people cross the border this holiday season

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A busy border this holiday season, but not as busy as years past. A busy border this holiday season, but not as busy as years past.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It's one of the busiest travel days at the U.S./Mexico border and this month, there will be more than a million people crossing just for the holidays.

At Multiple Insurance and Services in Nogales, Wendy Sinotest came with her dad to finish last minute business before leaving the country.

"I'm going to Mexico to celebrate Christmas and New Years," said Sinotest.

More than a million people will cross the border this month for the holidays.. that number is down from last year.

Some people come to the U.S. for a short visit. Abel Flores is one of them, doing some last minute shopping.

"Yeah very good deals, low prices, very nice quality and products," said Flores.

While others are staying a bit longer.

Cesar Lanlaw, who is visiting from Mexico, said "We as a family came to Nogales to visit some relatives we have here in Nogales."

Lanlaw and his family have been coming to the U.S. for the holidayf or the past 5 years and even though the numbers are down, he says the lines in both directions still look like a headache.

"We saw so many people going to Mexico. It was a very long line, like 5 KM," said Lanlaw.

While violence in Mexico is still a concern for many, there appears to be stepped up law enforcement on both sides. The U.S. State Department's advisory warns "crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere."

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