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With Abbott's Border Crackdown, New Mexico Looks to Take Texas Trade With New Port

  • Mexico and New Mexico pitch Santa Teresa as an El Paso bypass
  • But New Mexico port has a long way to go to be a competitor
The Union Pacific intermodal Terminal in Santa Teresa.
The Union Pacific intermodal Terminal in Santa Teresa.Photographer: Paul Ratje/Bloomberg

Twenty-five miles west of El Paso, in an unincorporated slice of the Chihuahuan desert where shipping containers outnumber humans, New Mexico is working to turn a quiet border crossing into an international port that rivals anything Texas has to offer.

It is, by all measures, a wildly ambitious plan. The dusty little outpost, located just outside of the town of Santa Teresa, sees one-fifth of the truck traffic that moves through El Paso’s crossing; the surrounding area has less than one-10th the warehouse space of its rival; and there’s hardly any housing in the area for the would-be port workers to live in.