After 911, the United States border protection became preoccupied with preventing a terrorist attack. This made life for transnational workers a living hell. A transnational worker is one who is able to move freely between two or more countries. For instance, wait times to cross the border at the San Ysidro/Tijuana border went up dramatically. Prior to 9/11 you could cross the border within 15 minutes. Life was great; one could work on the U.S. side and enjoy the lower cost of living on the Mexican side of the border. After the events of 911, border officers assumed everyone was a terrorist because wait times to cross the border went up to three hours and on some occasions once could wait five hours or even longer just to get back into the United States. Today border crossing wait times have come down to about an hour wait because the government realized that such a strict scrutinizing of every person crossing the border was having a deleterious effect on the local economies of both sides of the border.
But even today there are literally thousands of people that cross the border at three and four in the morning just to make sure they are on time for a job that may start at eight or nine in the morning. Thus after nine eleven the philosophy became one of assuming everyone was a terrorist, making life very difficult for transnational workers.
The above comes from my personal experience, but if you research it, you will discover the veracity of my statements. I hope it helps. Please remember to best me.
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