RIO GRANDE CITY, Texas – The Biden Administration is working on a plan to reopen the international bridges to so-called “non-essential” travel, says U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.

The U.S. border with Mexico has been closed to all but business and commerce travel since March 2020, in order to stem the spread of COVID-19. This means Mexican visa holders who wish to visit family, shop, or travel in the U.S. via land ports of entry have been blocked, to the detriment of the border economy. 

Air travel has not been affected, so wealthier Mexican visa holders from places like Monterrey, could fly to cities like Houston unimpeded. 

Cuellar has been pushing to get the land ports of entry open to visa holders. He has suggested visa holders be tested for the coronavirus as they cross into the United States. 

The Laredo Democrat held a town hall meeting in Rio Grande City on Tuesday. At the event a reporter asked Cuellar what the latest news is regarding fully reopening land ports of entry. He responded:

“I have been pushing that very, very, hard. I did talk to the Secretary, Mayorkas, last week. I talked to his under-secretary on health. They said they are looking at it. So, we are hoping this will be done quickly.”

Cuellar was talking about Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and his team.

“What I told them was, I don’t think it is fair that undocumented people come into the the U.S. but legal visa holders from Mexico that want to see families, or spend billions of dollars – as you know Mexicanos spend over $19 billion – they are not coming in.”

Cuellar added: “They tell me they are working on it. So, we are going to keep pushing them to open up as soon as possible.”

Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño Jr., is also chairman of the Texas Border Coalition.

Another border leader who has been pushing to get the land ports of entry re-opened is Cameron County Judge and Texas Border Coalition Chairman Eddie Treviño, Jr. 

“I have stated on numerous occasions and also when asked by you, that the reopening of our bridges and ports of entry to legal commerce was not only critical to our cross border economies, but the fair and equitable thing to do, in order to allow our border communities to fully reopen for business, the way our state has done and the way we have been advocating, and to do so with whatever safeguards are necessary and needed to protect our federal law enforcement agents and our border communities,” Treviño told this reporter. 

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news story shows U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar.

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