US-Mexico border crossings for non-important travel keep on being closed

In June, DHS stated non-important journey at land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico ended up shut via July 21.

BROWNSVILLE, Texas — Even though individuals can however fly back and forth, the land and ferry crossings concerning the U.S. and Mexico have been shut for non-vital travel due to the fact the start out of the pandemic.

 According to the Office of Homeland Safety announcement today, the crossings keep on being shut.

Congressman Henry Cuellar, (D-TX) from Laredo stated he expected this to take place when he spoke to KENS 5 before this month.

“Something tells me the deadline is going to go once again,” Cuellar informed KENS 5. “Why is it that? For example, a Mexican can fly into San Antonio, but he are unable to drive or she are not able to drive by means of the port of entry land port in Laredo.”

Downtown Laredo has been visibly afflicted by pandemic-period bridge closures, with many organizations closed and “for rent” symptoms hanging on many buildings.

Cuellar has been a longtime advocate for border crossings re-opening.

“People have misplaced their desires,” he mentioned. “People have lost their businesses. Men and women have shed their livelihood. Which is not only the little organization house owners, but believe about the hundreds of people that were performing at those people modest corporations. What are they doing now? They you should not have work. This is why Washington has no clue, and I emphasize no clue of what is occurring to us down there at the border.

Harlingen resident Ester Zúñiga was procuring in downtown Brownsville this 7 days, searching for masks. She advised KENS 5 she realized people today who have been scarcely surviving as a result of the land border closures.

“I know persons that have retailers open right here and they are shut now and from time to time they connect with me and say that they really don’t have plenty of for foods or to shell out the hire,” she claimed. “There’s folks that went back to Mexico mainly because there’s no jobs for them.”

Zúñiga said the closures influence her individually. Her mother life in Matamoros, has a visa and is not capable to arrive see her disabled grandson.

“The bridge is shut, but I truly do not realize why they permit us cross to Mexican towns like Matamoros, but they really do not allow them cross around listed here when, in truth, the economic climate depends a good deal on the persons that reside in Matamoros, Reynosa and their environment,” she stated. 

Brownsville Mayor Trey Mendez echoed her sentiments.

“Our border economic system depends pretty intensely on these Mexican travelers coming to pay a visit to their loved ones, coming to commit income at some of our outlets,” he explained. “We know we lost some income as significantly as how substantially we’ve dropped. It truly is actually complicated to put a number on that.”

DHS would not inform KENS 5 what, if everything, it was planning to do over and above July 21, suggesting in an email assertion that situations may perhaps have improved plenty of to the position of reopening. But a remaining choice stays to be viewed.

“To lessen the unfold of COVID-19, the United States prolonged constraints on non-essential journey at our land and ferry crossings with Canada and Mexico as a result of July 21, while making sure entry for vital trade & travel,” the assertion reads. “DHS also notes favourable developments in modern weeks and is participating with other U.S. organizations in the White House’s skilled performing groups with Canada and Mexico to determine the circumstances less than which restrictions may perhaps be eased safely and sustainably.”

The Division of Homeland Security U.S. Customs and Border Safety launched a “Notification of Short-term Travel Limitations Relevant to Land Ports of Entry and Ferries Assistance In between the United States and Mexico” document this week.

This document announces the conclusion to continue to temporarily limit the travel of people today from Mexico into the United States at land ports of entry along the United States-Mexico border. 

These types of travel will be confined to “essential vacation.” These constraints go into result at 11 p.m. Wednesday and will stay in effect right until 10:59 p.m. on August 21, 2021, except amended or rescinded right before then.

“Supplied the outbreak and ongoing transmission and spread of COVID-19 in the United States and globally, the Secretary has determined that the hazard of ongoing transmission and unfold of the virus associated with COVID-19 in between the United States and Mexico poses an ongoing “specific danger to human life or countrywide pursuits,’” the doc states. 

“Critical journey” has been described as:

  • U.S. citizens and lawful long term people returning to the United States
  • Persons touring for medical purposes (e.g., to acquire health care remedy in the United States)
  • Individuals touring to attend instructional establishments
  • People touring to function in the United States (e.g., individuals functioning in the farming or agriculture marketplace who need to journey between the United States and Mexico in furtherance of such work)
  • Folks touring for unexpected emergency reaction and public health purposes (e.g., federal government officers or crisis responders moving into the United States to help federal, condition, nearby, tribal, or territorial governing administration initiatives to answer to COVID-19 or other emergencies)
  • People engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers supporting the movement of cargo concerning the United States and Mexico)
  • Individuals engaged in official govt journey or diplomatic journey
  • Users of the U.S. Armed Forces, and the spouses and kids of members of the U.S. Armed Forces, returning to the United States 
  • People engaged in armed forces-related journey or operations.  

The next vacation does not fall inside of the definition of “essential travel”:

  • People today traveling for tourism purposes (e.g., sightseeing, recreation, gambling, or attending cultural gatherings)

To see the full document, click right here.

This week, Canada declared it would welcome back vaccinated U.S. citizens beginning August 9.