REYNOSA, Tamaulipas – Tamaulipas Gov. Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca has given a new message about the coronavirus to the people of his state.
The message was sent in response to actions in the United States.
“This day, as you know, our northern neighbors in the United States reinforced their preventive measures and announced a partial closure of their border with Mexico,” García Cabeza de Vaca said.
“And, among other measures, they decided to temporarily cancel the asylum procedures for migrants, a situation that will complicate furthermore, their overcrowding at our borders.”
He again explained the burden ‘Remain in Mexico’ is having on his state.
“Currently in Tamaulipas, there are more than 13,000 migrants, who arrived after the open door policy of the federal government; they are stuck in our border waiting for political asylum procedures,” García Cabeza de Vaca said.
As he has said before, García Cabeza de Vaca wants the federal government in Mexico City to do more.
“Today we have respectfully, but very firmly, asked the Mexican Government, to face this situation, to attend to the commitments agreed upon with the head of the National Institute of Migration,” he said.
That commitment was made last July.
García Cabeza de Vaca said the commitment was to “designate a camp site exclusively for migrants where basic services would be provided.”
Migrants would be treated humanely at the camp, he said.
He said the camp would help “protect them and especially Tamaulipas citizens from possible health problems, such as the one we are all exposed to today, the Coronavirus.”
García Cabeza de Vaca, a former federal senator, said he is looking for swift action from the federal government.
“From the federation we expect a timely response, since through official channels, we have made our formal request, in the middle of the health emergency that we face as a country,” García Cabeza de Vaca said.
“Taking care of the health of our families is everyone’s job. Together we continue to move forward to contain the spread of the Coronavirus.”