By Douglas V. Gibbs
You can't make this stuff up.
As we struggle with the problem of illegal aliens crossing the Mexican border freely, Calexico, California is considering charging a toll if you desire to cross the border from Mexicali into Calexico legally.
For some reason the outlaws lining up to pay a toll in the middle of the desert in the movie Blazing Saddles comes to mind.
The Calexico City Council members actually voted 4-1 to discuss in workshops the idea of establishing the toll system at the Calexico Port of Entry.
The article I read about this states that the toll system would be modeled after one in place in El Paso, Texas, and in El Paso was expected to serve as a way to offset the impact vehicular and pedestrian traffic has on city streets.
Yeah, because they'll all be over closer to the outskirts of town, wading across the Rio Grande, instead.
Hey, if illegals can do it, surely a few others will cross illegally to save themselves from having to pay a toll.
Local business owners aren't too hip with the idea. They don't want to seem unwelcoming to the Mexicans south of the border. One store owner even went so far as to say, "We don't want to be like Arizona."
Arizona isn't charging a toll, they are just enforcing the law - a concept that seems foreign to some.
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Calexico City Council votes to discuss toll system idea at workshops - Imperial Valley Press