CALEXICO — There was nowhere near the number of people waiting in line in Calexico as there were in San Diego and Los Angeles, where thousands waited for hours to file immigration applications before the midnight Monday deadline.
According to Michael Freeman, ports director for the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service here, only 10 applications were received in the extra eight-hour span the office stayed open last night.
The old downtown port building, which is used as an immigration administration building, was open from 4-midnight Monday.
"I figured it cost me $150 per application because of the overtime I had to pay," Freeman said this morning.
Freeman said he kept the offices open the extra hours so procrastinators could get their applications postmarked and their $1,000 fee received before the deadline.
While only a few applications were received here in comparison to the thousands filed in other parts of the country Monday, Freeman said it was worth it if it reunites a family.