Mexico proposes reopening border with U.S. city by city depending on vaccination rates


Source: Reuters

The Mexican government has proposed to the United States a staggered reopening of the shared U.S.-Mexico land border city by city depending on vaccination rates, Mexico’s foreign minister Marcelo Ebrard said on Tuesday.

U.S. land borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least July 21, the U.S. Homeland Security Department said last month, extending restrictions that were put in place last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.


GOP lawmaker: Coordinating fight against drug violence in Mexico should be top US priority

Rep. Lewis
Rep. Lewis

Chicago Tribune, 3/10/2009

A top Republican lawmaker criticized the Defense Department on Tuesday for not making the drug violence in Mexico as big a priority as Afghanistan and coordinating U.S. resources to confront it.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Rep. Jerry Lewis, R-Calif., said the Mexican turmoil is “a lot more important, in my own judgment, than Afghanistan at this moment.” He added: “We need to raise this to a higher level.”

Lewis praised the Homeland Security Department for deploying unmanned aerial vehicles to track human activity along the U.S.-Mexico border, but he criticized the Pentagon for not providing helicopters to help patrol it.

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House considers money for border, Mexico drug war

The Associated Press, 3/10/2009

House subcommittees are considering spending requests for security along the U.S.-Mexico border and ways to help curb Mexican drug violence.

An appropriations panel is holding hearings Tuesday for Homeland Security Department officials to talk about staffing to secure the Mexican border and the 670-mile fence there. The lawmakers also are looking at what role Homeland Security might play in combating border violence.

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US-Mexico border fence almost complete

The Associated Press, 1/27/2009

Border Fence Construction in Sonora
Border Fence Construction in Sonora

The Homeland Security Department says the fence along the U.S.-Mexico border is mostly finished. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Lloyd Easterling says that 601 miles of the project had been completed as of a week ago. Easterling says 69 miles of the fence still must be built to meet the goal set during the Bush administration.

In December, then President-elect Barack Obama said he wanted to evaluate border security operations before he considers whether to finish building the fence under his administration.

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