Some basic info
I have met people living in one side of the river and working or shopping in the other! Crossing the bridge and the borders is an everyday routine for the most of the habitants. Here are some FAQs:
@ What is the river we are talking about?
The river is RIO GRANDE, that is the TEX-MEX border-line (I liked very much this short-cut, that can be pronounced either in English or in Spanish). Although the river name sounds Spanish, Mexicans call it RIO BRAVO !
@ Why Los dos Laredos?
LAREDO is the American side of the city, while NUEVO LAREDO is the Mexican one. You have a "two in one" pack!
@ Is it so easy to cross the border?
Yes! There is a special agreement between US and Mexico, about the communication of the two Laredos. Citizens of the two countries do not need passports or visas to cross the border, but only the ID card. There is a typical control on the US Customs office at the US side of the bridge, while the Mexican Customs office at the other end is in a permanent "siesta"! (They were; twelve years after my visit, maybe they are awake!) The International "puente" (=bridge) No1 is joining the centers of the two cities.