Once again, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirms the closure of the U.S.-Mexico border for non-essential travel for another month, with the date for the lifting of border restrictions now set for May 21 of this year.
After more than a year since the border restrictions were implemented last March 22 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Mexico is currently preparing to face a possible third wave of coronavirus and although the United States continues to accelerate the pace of anti-COVID immunization of its citizens, infections continue to rise in the U.S., so the reactivation of the border is not something that will happen soon, at least not this month.
DHS authorities assured that border activities will be maintained with Canada and Mexico, which will seek to support security in health issues, supplies, trade and other essential activities for the economy of the nations, while taking critical measures for the protection of citizens and the prompt reactivation of the U.S.-Mexico border, thus trying to stop the spread of the SARS Cov-2 virus.
Congressman Henry Cuellar, a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, said he was "disappointed" at the lack of U.S. ingenuity in lifting restrictions, arguing the urgency of developing a plan of action for this, as families continue to be separated, while hundreds of small businesses have gone bankrupt.
Cuellar wrote a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requesting DHS to develop a community program to lift, if only partially, the travel restrictions across the land border caused by the coronavirus.
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