RIO GRANDE VALLEY, Texas– The border between the United States and Mexico is still operating under restrictions. Cameron County Judge Eddie Treviño is working on getting the border back to normal.
“If the rest of the state and the rest of the county’s reopening, why should the border be singled out?” said Treviño.
The U.S-Mexico border closed early on in the pandemic allowing only essential travel, now, Treviño wants those restrictions lifted.
“As the state of Texas and the rest of the country opens up it’s economy those of us who live on the border continue to be impacted severely as a result of not allowing individuals to cross for economic trade,” he said.
Due to the economic impact to businesses, Treviño said more funding should be available if the government decides to extend the closure.
“Maybe the governor can reconsider his allocation of funding especially for border communities, we don’t have money to give to our local businesses, whether in the form of grants or loans or whatever, we don’t have that,” said Treviño.
The Rio Grande Valley continues seeing a rise in cases. Treviño said if our ports of entry were allowed to open, there is possibility of seeing our numbers increase.
“If we allow people coming over from Mexico, is it possible that they’ll have it, yes it’s possible, but we’ve already seen the spike in cases,” he said.
In order to prevent an increase in cases if the border were to open, Treviño recommends everyone to continue following the safety guidelines.
Travel restrictions along the border are set to expire June 22, unless there is an extension by the Department of Homeland Security.