Laredo prepares to open rest stop for returning migrants

Staff Report

The Associated Press

LAREDO, Texas (AP) - The city of Laredo and other government agencies will open a rest stop Friday to help travelers en route to Mexico for the holidays.

Every year, about 90,000 immigrants pass through Laredo on their way home for the holidays. Some come from as far away as the Midwest or California.

For 10 years, Laredo's convention and visitor's bureau has joined with the Mexican General Consulate to open a rest stop. They'll help ensure travelers have the right documents and check goods headed to Mexico to hasten crossings at the border port.

The rest stop will be on Interstate 35 southbound on the northern edge of Laredo. It'll be open midday Friday through Sunday, the busiest weekend for holiday travelers headed to Mexico.