Only about 15% of commercial vehicles are scanned for potential contraband, such as drugs and guns, as they cross the border from Mexico, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official told a congressional hearing Monday at the Santa Teresa border crossing.
The percentage is even lower when it comes to private vehicles, said Hector A. Mancha Jr., El Paso director of field operations. In the El Paso sector, which includes New Mexico, it’s lower than 3% of private vehicles. Nationwide, it’s only about 1% of private vehicles, U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-N.M., told the field hearing of the Committee on Homeland Security.
She and U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, have introduced legislation they believe would address the problem.