Border Crossing Could Become Slower

The Regional Chamber of Commerce has called for the opening of unused customs booths at the Ambassador Bridge to quicken customs processing. Passage through the Windsor port of entry may become even slower when some CBSA officers are transferred to Quebec to help with the infux of asylum seekers.Photo by Ian Shalapata.

The Regional Chamber of Commerce has called for the opening of unused customs booths at the Ambassador Bridge to quicken customs processing. Passage through the Windsor port of entry may become even slower when some CBSA officers are transferred to Quebec to help with the infux of asylum seekers.
Photo by Ian Shalapata.

(WINDSOR, ON) – Crossing the border in Windsor could become even slower if local Canadian customs officers volunteer to help with the influx of illegal immigrants in Quebec. The CBSA is canvassing agents at Ontario ports of entry for those willing to assist with the more than 7,300 asylum seekers crossing into Canada from the United States.

With the Windsor-Essex Regional Chamber of Commerce already calling for a better assignment of resources at the Ambassador Bridge, they may become more depleted as some are assigned to Quebec. The departure of border agents would coincide with the summer months when increased traffic typically arrives at the Windsor port of entry.

Assignments in Quebec could last four months or more.

The Regional Chamber of Commerce estimates that delays entering Canada at the understaffed bridge costs Windsor- and Essex County-based businesses millions of dollars yearly.

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