The crossing will connect Brownsville, Texas, and Matamoros, Tamaulipas, Mexico. But the crossing opens amid heated debates over illegal immigration policy and calls for tighter controls at the US-Mexico border, according to published reports.
The West Rail Bypass is one of three developed as part of a federal initiative to make the US-Mexico border more efficient and modern. The other facilities are the Guadalupe-Tornillo Port of Entry in Chihuahua-Texas and the Tijuana Airport Pedestrian Facility.
All the crossings are equipped with X-ray machines that can scan arriving rail cars. Border Patrol agents and sniffer dogs will conduct on-site inspections.