Traders hope to attract more locals to downtown El Paso, since Mexican buyers can’t get visas by: Julian Resendiz Posted: Jul 16, 2020 / 4:59 p.m. GMT-0600 / Updated: 16 Jul 2020 / 04:59 GMT-0600 EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Luis Urias leaned against the wall of an empty downtown building, looking toward the neighboring Mexican border crossing. “We have family there with (visas) and they can’t cross, any more than the tourists. I don’t agree with that, “said the resident of the El Paso center when he learned that the United States is extending travel restrictions at non-essential borders until August 20. Only US citizens and legal permanent residents are allowed to come from Mexico. Foreigners with a visa are refused entry unless their travel is deemed essential. Mexico has also banned tourism and “cultural” travel. The rules supposed to prevent COVID-19 from crossing the border separate not only residents of the United States, their relatives in Mexico, and vice versa, but also the merchants of downtown El Paso. “Last year, we had 100 to 200 customers a day. Now we’re down to 50, sometimes less, “said the manager of a Korean clothing store on South El Paso Street. She refused to give her name. “It’s difficult because the people of El Paso don’t shop here. […] maybe just a few Latinos. Our customers are from Mexico and at the moment they cannot come, ”said the trader. A handful of El Paso residents were seen window shopping Thursday in downtown El Paso. The area, which relies on customers from Mexico, has been almost empty since US-Mexican travel restrictions began on March 21. (Photo by Julian Resendiz / Border Report) Yet she and others have mixed feelings about asking the US government to fully reopen the border. “It’s scary,” she said of the possibility of even higher levels of COVID-19 spread. El Paso reported 14 deaths from coronavirus on Thursday – the highest number to date. The city has recorded 10,638 cases and 173 deaths since the start of the pandemic. The COVID-19 assessment is even greater in Juarez, with 599 deaths and 3,478 cases. The number of infections is likely much higher – at least three to four times higher – admit Juarez health officials, due to the limited number of tests. “Before, it was full, but not more. If they continue, things will get worse. I don’t know when they will reopen, “said” Tony “, an attendant at a women’s clothing store. Another trader told Border Report that he noticed “pasadores”, American residents who buy goods in bulk on behalf of Juarez. “They start coming here more often. People become (desperate) because they cannot fall, “said the merchant. El Paso Central Business Association officials said earlier that business had fallen 90% after travel restrictions began on March 21. encourage El Pasoans to rediscover their city center. Visit the BorderReport.com homepage for the latest exclusive stories and the latest on issues along the border between the United States and Mexico. .
Five of the six Mexican states bordering America are on high alert due to spikes in coronavirus by: Julian Resendiz Posted: Jul 14, 2020 / 3:58 PM MDT / Updated: Jul 14, 2020 / 04:10 PM MDT A pedestrian crosses the pedestrian bridge leading to the United States Customs and Border Protection – San Ysidro March 21, 2020 in San Diego, California. The United States and Mexico have announced a temporary ban on non-essential and leisure travel across the US-Mexico border, but both countries have stressed that business activity will not be affected. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey / Getty Images) EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – Faced with its own COVID-19 case spike, Mexico calls on US government to extend non-essential travel restrictions until August 21 . After considering the evolution of the spread of COVID-19, Mexico has proposed to the United States that it extend the restrictions on non-essential land movement along its shared border for another 30 days, “said the Ambassador to Mexico Martha Barcena on Twitter. She said the restrictions would remain as described when they were implemented on March 21. The non-essential travel rule has since been extended monthly. Tras revisar el desarrollo de la propagación de COVID-19, ?? planteó a ?? la extensión, por 30 días más, de las restricciones al tránsito terrestrial no esencial en su frontera común.— Relaciones Exteriores (@SRE_mx) July 14, 2020 On June 1, Mexico began a gradual economic reopening, which has backfired in many regions. All but one of the states bordering the United States remain under the threat of “red” coronavirus threat. This means that only essential businesses are expected to be open since compliance has been an issue south of the border. Mexico had 304,435 confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday morning and 35,491 resulting deaths. Border health experts fear the numbers may actually be higher due to limited testing in Mexico. In Juarez on Monday, health officials said they experienced peaks of COVID-19 after consecutive holidays in the United States: Father’s Day and July 4. All but one of the states bordering the United States of Mexico remain under the maximum “red” coronavirus threat designation. (graphic courtesy of the Mexican Ministry of Health) “The two countries will continue to seek to coordinate health actions in the border region,” said Barcena. The US government has yet to decide whether to extend travel restrictions to the Mexican border. “Restrictions on non-essential travel at US land borders will remain in effect until July 21, 2020, unless they are changed or canceled,” said a US border and customs protection spokesperson. Travel restrictions have hit businesses on the US side of the border hard, which depend on Mexican buyers. The restrictions mean that only U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents can come from Mexico unless their travel is deemed essential under the guidelines. Visit the BorderReport.com homepage for the latest exclusive stories and the latest on issues along the border between the United States and Mexico. .