In the wake of the terrorist attacks on the East Coast, the world has become a different place. It has to be. We have to stay alert to protect ourselves from those who have the power to take so many lives.
Here in the Imperial Valley we have seen a local effect from the tragic events of Sept. 11 — a sign of how close the nation truly is despite the miles that may divide the coasts.
One such effect plays out daily at the local ports of entry. Since the attacks there have been long lines to cross into the United States and long lines to cross into Mexico. The Mexican government, in a united front with the United States, is checking vehicles going into Mexico. That is meant both to protect Mexico and to help prevent anyone with ties to the attacks from escaping the country.
It is right for Mexico to take such a step, even if it means waits to cross the border. We urge all people attempting to cross the border to show patience. It is a necessary inconvenience; one that could ultimately save lives.