Drivers Brace for Long Lines at Border Crossings

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

March 29, 2013 Updated Mar 29, 2013 at 7:44 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW)- You can expect long lines at our local border crossings in the upcoming days. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers are expecting to see a surge in commuters for the holiday weekend on top of battling cutbacks due to the sequester. According to officials those wait times can be slightly diminished if drivers are ready to provide proper identification documents to border officers.

"It might only save a few seconds, but when you multiply that by the hundreds of cars that we process each day it makes a huge difference," said Richard Misztal of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "Another thing we encourage people to do is sign up for the Nexus program. It's a great way to ease that wait time."

However, some of that wait time can be blamed on the sequester according to federal officials, who say if a deal isn't reached, the agency will be forced to eliminate 7,700 officers and patrol agents nationwide. The agency has already reduced overtime for agents at all ports of entry.

Here in Buffalo, officials could not comment on the ongoing budget issues.