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BY IMPERIAL VALLY PRESS STAFF WRITER | October 22, 2010
So, I had an interesting Saturday afternoon. Good news is, our football team went to Mexicali and won. Bad news is, our immigration system has some serious issues. So there we were (my son with his football uniform, my father-in-law  a recently retired immigration officer and myself, a head coach with all my gear on) sitting in the border line for more than an hour. We get to the officer and hand her my SENTRI card. She sends us to secondary and keeps our ID. She says they pulled us into secondary because I haven’t used my card in more than a year.
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By Greg Holt, Staff Writer | October 15, 2006
Jorge Jimenez regrets having ever bought a SENTRI pass to cross the border. Although there is a separate vehicle lane at the downtown Calexico Port of Entry for people with SENTRI passes, Jimenez said the SENTRI lane is just as slow as the other vehicle lanes. ?Why am I paying $129 when the other lanes are faster?? said Jimenez, a Spanish teacher at Calexico High School who lives in Mexicali. ?Getting my pass was a big mistake.? SENTRI stands for Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection.
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Imperial Valley Press | March 10, 2011
During the state of the county address, Supervisor Jack Terrazas mentioned the fee for SENTRI cards would go down. Do you know when or if this will happen? — Interested in Saving, Heber We contacted the San Diego office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where a public affairs liaison told us the price reduction is just something being explored as a way to increase enrollment in the SENTRI membership in San Diego and Imperial counties. It seemed as though the news was reported as gospel by some a few months ago, with sources even going as far as to say the price would be reduced from $122.
NEWS
By MICHAEL A. SALORIO, Staff Writer | December 30, 2005
CALEXICO ? U.S. and Mexican officials praised the Thursday opening of the SENTRI lane at the downtown Port of Entry, saying it will help improve security and decrease border-crossing times by relieving traffic congestion. Bonnie Lemert, director of the downtown Port of Entry, and Sergio Salinas Meza, a vice consul at the Mexican Consulate in Calexico, received U.S. and Mexican media members at the port Thursday to give them a look at the SENTRI lane in operation. ?This is really exciting for us. We?
NEWS
By NICOLAS TABOREK, Staff Writer | January 28, 2009
CALEXICO ? The downtown Calexico Port of Entry will expand its expedited border crossing program known as SENTRI to include pedestrian travelers beginning next month. Calexico Port Director Billy Whitford said he expects to open a new lane by the first week of February. The lane will replace one of the six regular pedestrian inspection booths and will be open to SENTRI pass holders from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day, though the hours of operation could be adjusted. ?If there?
NEWS
By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | February 6, 2009
CALEXICO ? U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced the opening of an additional SENTRI vehicle lane at the downtown Calexico Port of Entry. The new SENTRI lane began operating Wednesday morning and will be open Mondays through Fridays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. and noon to 4 p.m. The new lane is in addition to an existing SENTRI vehicle lane available seven days a week including holidays. Hours of operation of the existing lane are Sundays through Thursdays from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Friday and Saturday from 6 a.m. to midnight.
NEWS
By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | November 1, 2006
CALEXICO ? U.S. Customs and Border Protection is now accepting online applications for its rapid border transit SENTRI program. The membership term for a SENTRI pass, which costs $129, will also be extended from two years to five years. The SENTRI passes that have already been issued to nearly 8,000 residents in the Calexico-Mexicali area are now good for five years from the enrollment date. SENTRI, which stands for Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, offers a separate vehicle lane at the downtown Calexico Port of Entry for pre-screened, paying members to move quickly through the ports of entry on the U.S.-Mexico border.
NEWS
By MARC SCHANZ, Staff Writer | March 22, 2005
CALEXICO? As pedestrians dodged the line of politicians and citizens assembled in front of the downtown Port of Entry, Rep. Bob Filner (D-Chula Vista) called on the Department of Homeland Security on Monday afternoon to fulfill a promise to help make border travel easier and secure. "This is a regional issue," he said. "People in Washington believe that security means no efficiency. We believe we can be secure and efficient. " Filner, along with Imperial County, El Centro, Brawley, Calexico and Mexicali officials, appealed to the federal government to find a way to dig the promised SENTRI express lane out of the bureaucratic mud it has lingered in for several budget cycles.
NEWS
By GREG HOLT, Staff Writer | March 31, 2007
CALEXICO ? The SENTRI lane at the downtown Calexico Port of Entry will be open later every day of the week beginning Sunday and will also open earlier on weekends. New hours for the SENTRI lane will be 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 6 a.m. to midnight on Friday and Saturday, Calexico Port Director Billy Whitford said. The SENTRI lane is now open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. The SENTRI program, or Secure Electronic Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, allows pre-screened border crossers to pass through the Port of Entry security checks more quickly.
OPINION
April 26, 2005
SENTRI, which is the spiffy acronym for Secure Network for Travelers Rapid Inspection, is reportedly working so well at the San Ysidro Port of Entry that it is no longer working well at all. It seems the response from the frequent border-crossing public has been so overwhelming that the system has bogged down, forcing wait times of up to 45 minutes (and counting) in the SENTRI program's "express" lanes. The problem, according to Adele Fasano, San Diego field operations director for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the new system, which was designed to accommodate 60,000 enrolled motorists at San Diego area ports, is over-subscribed.
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By ANTOINE ABOU-DIWAN, Staff Writer | July 25, 2013
The Imperial County Transportation Commission unanimously authorized its chairman Wednesday to sign on its behalf a memorandum of understanding that formalizes a cross-border economic development alliance. The proposed Imperial-Mexicali Binational Alliance focuses on border region infrastructure, economic development and environmental issues. Proposed lead agencies include the Imperial Valley Economic Development Corporation, ICTC, Imperial County and Calexico among others. While the draft MOU still needs to be reviewed by signing agencies' respective legal departments, ICTC Executive Director Mark Baza speculates that it will be signed.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Staff Writer | May 23, 2013
CALEXICO - U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials are already reporting shorter border wait times for pedestrians utilizing the six newly installed Ready lane kiosks at the Calexico downtown Port of Entry. The six kiosks were installed last Wednesday and allow travelers to scan their own border-crossing documents before reaching the officer, thereby cutting down on the time it would take for the officer to manually swipe the document. It also allows the officer to better focus on the traveler and thereby increases safety, officials say. Those using the Ready lanes must have a Radio Frequency Identification-enabled document, and those include U.S. passport cards, Trusted Traveler cards such as SENTRI as well as legal permanent resident and laser visa/border crossing cards issued after 2008.
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By ALEJANDRO DÁVILA | Staff Writer | April 13, 2013
CALEXICO - For nearly six years Derrick Sparrow crossed the border using a SENTRI card, and throughout that time border commuting was an easy task. “At worst, using the SENTRI lane I might have come across hour-long lines once in a while, but most of the time I faced little to no line to cross the border,” said Sparrow, who was born in Calexico but lives in Mexicali. “Now that I'm 'SENTRI-less,' I'm averaging lines of an hour to (one) hour and a half during the weekdays, and longer on the weekends,” said Sparrow, who admits that he lost his SENTRI when his wallet “and all of its contents were stolen out of my vehicle, due to a moment of carelessness.” Since this “carelessness,” Sparrow now crosses mostly at night to avoid the sun and when the lines are shorter.
OPINION
Jon Edney | From the Right | May 14, 2012
The greatest failure of the Obama presidency is his belief that government can solve all the problems facing our country. A most telling statistic came my way this week. Since 1900, no president has had fewer members of their cabinet with private or business sector experience. It is not even close among our other presidents.. Prior to Obama, John F. Kennedyhad the lowest percentage, which was 30 percent. Bill Clinton had 39 percent, Jimmy Carter 32 percent, and even the founder of modern-day liberalism, FDR, had the sense to have as much 50 percent.
NEWS
By CHELCEY ADAMI and ALEJANDRO DAVILA | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writers | April 14, 2012
MEXICALI - The municipal government here hopes to improve downtown for businesses and visitors with some changes already implemented. Changes include restructuring of lanes entering into Calexico at the downtown Port of Entry, renovation of two downtown blocks, the addition of a rapid transit system and additional security at the pedestrian line entering the U.S. Calexico city officials were offered a tour of some of the changes Monday....
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Redacción Adelante | June 27, 2011
CALEXICO — A partir de este domingo 26 de junio, el carril Sentri en la Garita Este de Calexico ampliará su horario de operación un par de horas. La Oficina de Aduanas y Protección Fronteriza dio a conocer que dicho carril de cruce rápido va a estar abierto de 6 de la mañana a 8 de la noche, cuando antes operaba solamente hasta las 6 de la tarde. Las autoridades indicaron que esta medida se adoptó a fin de “acomodar a los viajeros más eficientemente”. Por otra parte, las autoridades aduanales dieron a conocer que se abrieron tres cabinas de inspección adicionales en la Garita Centro.
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By IMPERIAL VALLEY PRESS STAFF | June 15, 2011
Are there any plans for Customs and Border Protection to open a Ready Lane at any of the Calexico ports of entry like in Otay Mesa? —Interested Crosser, El Centro Why, yes. There are plans to have a Ready Lane open at the Calexico East Port of Entry by August, Calexico Ports Director Billy Whitford said Monday afternoon. The Calexico Ready Lane would be the fifth such lane to open at U.S. land ports, the last one being in Otay Mesa in the San Diego area May 2. There are Ready Lanes in Blaine, Wash., Nogales, Ariz., and Progreso, Texas.
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By CHELCEY ADAMI | Imperial Valley Press Staff Writer | March 19, 2011
CALEXICO — Local officials are disappointed at the loss of funding this week for the Calexico Land Port-of-Entry improvements but hopeful that it will return. U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista, announced Thursday that the Senate voted 87-13 to approve a bill that cuts $84 million in funding for the improvements, and the legislation was signed by the President. “While we continue to lose an estimated billion dollars in commerce due to inefficiency at our borders, this short-sighted budget undermines the progress we were making to create jobs and shorten wait times.
NEWS
March 18, 2011
CALEXICO - U.S. Rep. Bob Filner, D-Chula Vista, announced Thursday that the Senate voted 87-13 to approve a bill that cuts $84 million in funding for Calexico Land Port-of-Entry improvements. The legislation was signed by the President.  “While we continue to lose an estimated billion dollars in commerce due to inefficiency at our borders, this short-sighted budget undermines the progress we were making to create jobs and shorten wait times. The House Republicans' no-jobs agenda takes us back to square-one,” Congressman Bob Filner said in a statement.
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Imperial Valley Press | March 10, 2011
During the state of the county address, Supervisor Jack Terrazas mentioned the fee for SENTRI cards would go down. Do you know when or if this will happen? — Interested in Saving, Heber We contacted the San Diego office of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, where a public affairs liaison told us the price reduction is just something being explored as a way to increase enrollment in the SENTRI membership in San Diego and Imperial counties. It seemed as though the news was reported as gospel by some a few months ago, with sources even going as far as to say the price would be reduced from $122.
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