Cattle inspections to resume in Agua Prieta - Tucson News Now

Cattle inspections to resume in Agua Prieta

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It has been more than four months since cattle have crossed the border in Agua Prieta, Mexico.  On Monday the herds will be slowly moving back across the border again.

Inspections will resume in Agua Prieta, which is south of Douglas, Arizona. The U.S. Department of Agriculture stopped the inspections back in January, after drug related violence along the border.

Congressman Ron Barber strongly pushed for the inspections to continue.  In April, Barber told the USDA that he would personally walk U.S. Inspectors across the border to show how safe the area is. 

During the inspections at the border, cattle are weighed and checked for disease in front of U.S. and Mexican customs inspectors.

During one point, more than 2,000 herds of cattle were held up due to the halt of inspections.  The USDA is looking at getting the U.S. inspectors tracking devices and asking for military escorts for the inspectors.

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