Passport Applications on Rise

Despite recent violence across the border, the number of passport applications has nearly doubled in the past month in Cameron County. District Clerk Aurora de la Garza said the numbers have nearly doubled in the past month. In February, a little more than 600 applications were processed. But in March alone, the numbers swelled to nearly 1200 applications. "I have a lot of people that come in and say we have to go regardless of what's happening we have to visit our families," de la Garza told Action 4 News. Passports are now required for travelers going farther than 20 miles from the border into Mexico.