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B.C. border backups result from U.S. shuffle

BLAINE, Wash. -- Despite protests from U.S. Immigration officials, 21 U.S. Border Patrol agents were reassigned fro...


BLAINE, Wash. — Despite protests from U.S. Immigration officials, 21 U.S. Border Patrol agents were reassigned from Washington State prior to the holidays resulting in lengthy border backups.

Southbound drivers faced wait times of up to four hours over New Year’s at the Peace Arch and Pacific Highway border crossings.

The 21 agents who formerly helped man the busy border crossings have been re-assigned to the Mexican border.

The B.C. Trucking Association (BCTA) is nervously watching the situation unfold. BCTA president, Paul Landry, tells local media, “This is the time to be building the systems, building the infrastructure and getting ready for increased traffic, while recognizing the need for increased security. We hope that things may be better.”


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