Thursday, December 3, 2015

Group Wants Mexicans with - Border Zone' Privileges Given Access to All of Arizona

Due to the giant financial influx provided by Mexican shoppers across the border, Arizona extends special privileges to Mexican nationals who possess a Border Crossing Card, essentially extending the border 75 miles into the state.

However, a multi-agency push could extend that imaginary border to cover the entire state of Arizona, allowing roughly 1.2 million Mexican visitors to travel freely throughout the state without having to file an I-94 form.
Via Breitbart News
Due to the giant financial influx provided by Mexican shoppers across the border, Arizona extends special privileges to Mexican nationals who possess a Border Crossing Card, essentially extending the border 75 miles into the state. However, a multi-agency push could extend that imaginary border to cover the entire state of Arizona, allowing roughly 1.2 million Mexican visitors to travel freely throughout the state without having to file an I-94 form.
This “border zone” has existed for decades for mostly commercial purposes, and extends 25 miles into US territory along the length of the US-Mexico border. That zone was extended to 75 miles in Arizona in 1999, which includes the outlets in Tubac, AZ along Interstate 19 and the City of Tucson. According to Nogales International, The Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) is proposing to extend the current border zone to the entire state in an effort to strengthen the statewide economy. The City of Phoenix is located in Maricopa County, and the metro area is home to roughly 4.5 million people—along with many retail stores.
The MAG is supported by the Intertribal Council of Arizona and other business and economic groups, and plans to present its proposal—the Tourism and Shopping Initiative—to the Department of Homeland Security in the spring. MAG Chairman and Youngtown Mayor Michael LeVault said that studies show such an expansion of the border could generate an additional $181 million in spending and 2,179 jobs in 2016.
According to the US State Department, the Border Crossing Card (BCC) also serves as a B1/B2 visitor’s visa, and is usually valid for ten years after it is issued. Potential recipients must be Mexican citizens (and possess a valid Mexican passport), meet all eligibility requirements for the B1/B2 visa, and “must demonstrate that they have ties to Mexico that would compel them to return after a temporary stay in the United States.”

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