Demanding Coronavirus Screenings, Mexican Protesters Prevent Americans From Crossing Border
Oh how the tables have turned.
It took a global pandemic, but earlier in the month Mexico began caring about their border security – with America. As was reported less than two weeks ago; “Mexico could consider measures at its northern border to slow the spread of the coronavirus into its relatively unaffected territory, health officials said, with an eye to containing a U.S. outbreak that has infected more than 1,800 people.” President Trump later restricted all non-essential travel between the U.S. and Mexico last week.
But some are still passing through the U.S.-Mexico border, and this time it’s Mexico upset about it.
According to The Hill: Protesters blocked lanes on the Mexico side of the southern border on Wednesday, requesting Mexico institute more coronavirus screenings for southbound travelers to avoid further spread.
The protests, involving fewer than a dozen people and two vehicles blocking two southbound lanes at the DeConcini crossing, lasted hours Wednesday on the Mexican side of the border in Ambos Nogales, USA Today reported.
The demonstrators held up signs that requested U.S. residents “stay at home” and others demanding Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador increase restrictions and screenings on everyone entering Mexico. The protesters also requested a ban on tourism visits and those for minor medical procedures for U.S. citizens and Mexicans in the U.S.
The blockade led to backed-up traffic in the bordering Nogales, Ariz., prompting police to redirect cars headed to Mexico.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials said the crossing had reopened at 5:30 p.m., but the city of Nogales cautioned that the protests may continue Thursday, according to a statement obtained by USA Today.
If Mexico is in need of any suggestions, I propose that they build a wall. And also pay for it.