TBC: Endless Travel Restrictions Hurt U.S.-Mexico Border Communities

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Texas Border Business

BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño, Jr., chairman of the Texas Border Coalition (TBC), today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to extend non-essential travel restrictions at the land borders between the United States, Mexico, and Canada until July 21:

“The Texas Border Coalition is disappointed, but not surprised by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s decision to extend the current restrictions on non-essential travel between the U.S., Mexico, and Canada for another month.”

“As Texas and Mexico continue to lift restrictions based on improved health results, there is no basis for these endless constraints on non-essential travel that hurt border communities and businesses suffering economically, more than they already have due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“We must protect minority-owned small businesses, cross border trade, and the influence of daily travelers between our countries who invest in binational commerce through the goods and services they acquire. At the same time, we must encourage proper safety precautions and safeguards for people traveling across the border and for U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel who engage with the public.

“It is imperative that we resume non-essential travel by re-opening land ports of entry with sufficient lanes to maintain traffic flow and a full complement CBP staff that are adequately outfitted with personal protective equipment.”

“The sound and expeditious operations at our land ports will ensure that individuals are able to contribute to our binational economy in a rapid manner. We need people conducting crucial commercial activities, not waiting in line at the international ports of entry.”

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