MCALLEN, Texas – U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar says the United States and Mexico are working on plans to restrict border crossings to trade and work travel only.

The agreement could be similar to the U.S.-Canada agreement, which bars non-essential traffic.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar

Cuellar gave his comments to the Reuters news agency. Reuters said Mexico is concerned about the economic impact of the travel restrictions. However, the county could benefit health-wise because the coronavirus is more prevalent in the United States.

Cuellar told Reuters that he he had spoken with U.S. border officials. They told him they were working to define what type of travel would be permitted.

“If someone is coming for recreation purposes, that’s one thing,” Cuellar told Reuters. “But you have people who come over to work or go over to buy food and medicines. Those we would consider essential and they’re trying to work on that.”

On Wednesday, U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez told the Rio Grande Guardian that he would not be opposed to restricting travel into the Rio Grande Valley from the north, if it lessened the chances of the coronavirus spreading in the region. Under this scenario, the Border Patrol checkpoints at Falfurrias and Sarita could be used to block non-essential travel in the Rio Grande Valley.

Click here to read the Congressman Gonzalez story in the Rio Grande Guardian.

Click here to read the Reuters story on travel restrictions between the U.S. and Mexico.