Continuous flow of troops to our border has some valley merchants concerned their presence will drive business away.
Channel 5's...daisy martinez spoke to downtown brownsville business-- owners....about what they're already seeing... isidoro zuniga hernandez crosses from matamoros to brownsville several times a month to shop...he says here, his money goes a lot further.
.hernandez says he's keeping a close eye on the central-american caravan heading our direction.
Sot: isidoro zuniga hernandez shopper from matamoros in:09:04:40:03 out:09:04:43:17 "more than anything it's for our own safety, so we can know how to take care of ourselves" hernandez tells us he's already seen crossing times at the gateway international bridge in brownsville slow in brownsville slow down significantly.
He say u-s.
Customs and border protection officials seem to be taking more time during interviews...he says if more nationalguard are situated at the bridges...he'll think twice about crossing over to the u-s to spend his bridges...he'll think twice about crossing over to the u-s to spend his money sot: isidoro zuniga hernandez shopper from matamoros "we'd be more scared to come probably.
Fear that a shootout would break out and you're caught in the middle of it, as an innocent bystander.
We'd think about it twice."
This is exactly what downtown store manager pedro alvarez is worried about.
He says the month of october he saw a 35 percent decrease in sales.
Alveraz says typically, november and december are the busiest months of the year.
He says having more armed forces at the bridges could discourage shoppers.
Sot: perdro alvarez store manager "that really affects commerce in that people won't want to come, they'll take too long, they're going to be in line for two hours, and they'll just not come, or come for quick errands, so they won't make time to shop" for now, the national guardsmen have spent much of their time assessing the ports of entry and putting up barbed wire fences, where it was deemed necessary.
Alvarez says with the continued struggles of the peso/dollar exchange rating hurting business since 2015, he's hoping the added security won't drive away business during their peak season.
Sot: perdro alvarez store manager "what we're hoping for this november and december, is just to salvage the year, just to break even."
To help them stay out of the red.
In brownsville, daisy martinez channel 5 news at six.
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