Our View: Arizona. Ports. Need. More. Staffing. Must we shout it?

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 12:51:22 PM. Federal policies are leading to long wait times at Arizona ports of entry - and chasing away business on which this state relies.
Editorial: Federal policies are leading to long wait times at Arizona ports of entry - and chasing away business on which this state relies. Arizona isn’t to blame for the circumstances that led a family-owned store to close after six decades. But Arizona has an economic interest in shifting the national rhetoric to keep more stores from closing. Our state should lead a national discussion about the value of well staffed ports of entry. Consider that Bracker’s Department Store in Nogales thrived in its current location a block north of the U.S.-Mexico border since 1954. Like many businesses there, it relied on a steady stream of shoppers from Mexico, who cross legally at the port of entry, buy things and go home. But recent U.S. policies led to longer wait times and fewer shoppers from across the border. This matters to the entire state.   The U.S.-Mexico border fence can be seen behind Bracker's Department Store in Nogales, Arizona. The decades-old store shut its doors in October amid declining traffic from Mexican shoppers.  Nick Oza/The Republic After 93 years, the Bracker’s Department Store in downtown Nogales, Arizona, closes its doors.  Nick Oza/The Republic After 93 years, the Bracker’s Department Store in downtown Nogales, Arizona, closes its doors.  Nick Oza/The Republic An undated photo of Charlie and Pearl Bracker.  Nick Oza/The Republic The second generation to run the Bracker's business: Harvey, Paul and Robert Bracker.  Nick Oza/The Republic Mexican...Read more
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