BLAINE, Wash. — It will be at least mid-January before National Guard troops are deployed to Washington-B.C. border crossings to help alleviate traffic congestion.
That news has upset truckers, who are currently facing longer lineups than ever after nearly two dozen U.S. border guards were reassigned to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trucker Verne Newlove of Chilliwack was hauling a load of lumber to Seattle when he complained to local media about he backups.
“They are already understaffed,” Newlove says. “It’s ridiculous.”
He says he has spent up to five hours waiting at the Pacific Highway border crossing, and now values the Internet border-cam that allows him to check in on backups before firing up his rig. Since Sept. 11, border wait times for all of Canada’s primary commercial crossings have been available at trucknews.com.
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