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Customs and Border Patrol says travelers could wait hours in line to return to the U.S.

Long wait for travelers returning from Mexico
Posted at 10:27 PM, Dec 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-04 11:04:56-05

NOGALES, Ariz. — U.S. Customs and Border Patrol warned holiday travelers about long lines coming back from Mexico and that's exactly what they got.

"We've been waiting for almost two hours," traveler, Florence Duran, said.

CBP says the average wait time at their Deconcini and Mariposa ports of entry are about 45 minutes each, but if you have somewhere to be in Mexico this time of year Duran said to get comfortable in your ride back to the states.

"Oh you know, we're buying Coke, we're buying candies, you know, we're just killing time."

Just as importantly, make sure you gas up.

Traveler Gloria Lopez says she saw cars run out of gas and others overheat while waiting hours in line to cross.

CBP says some delays last week were caused by asylum seekers in Mexico forcing their way through traffic in an attempt to get stateside.

In a gesture of international cooperation U.S. Customs and Border Patrol says that an increased security presence on the Mexican side allowed them to open up more lanes to let more people through after the holiday.

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