The program was halted earlier this week at the Otay-Mesa border crossing where pedestrians entering Mexico were asked to show a passport and declare how long they planned to stay in the country, according to the U-T San Diego.
The program started earlier this year to ease in the enforcement of existing laws that require that tourist present immigration documents, and if they are planning on staying more than seven days they must pay a fee.
“Ideally, people who enter a foreign country should have proper documentation with them,” said Rodolfo Figueroa, the head of Baja California’s Immigration Office Obtaining a tourist card, or FMM, can help visitors if they encounter trouble in Mexico, Figueroa said. In addition, Mexico needs to get a handle on who is entering the country if they want to keep out sex offenders and other criminals who seek refuge across the border.
According to Figueroa, the Baja California ports of entry do not have the necessary infrastructure to fully enforce Mexico’s existing immigration laws.
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