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Mexico And U.S. Talk About Borders And Travel

Roberto Velasco
Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs
Roberto Velasco, head of the North American Office in Mexico's secretary of Foreign Affairs.

MEXICO CITY — The arrival of Joe Biden’s administration is igniting new bilateral negotiations with Mexico. The recent conversations between both countries will bring new challenges on the border and travel.

Roberto Velasco, head of Mexico’s North American Office, held a virtual meeting with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. They addressed the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, trade and border infrastructure. 

Velasco said the modernization of border bridges is a priority for the Mexican government. Mexico just opened more lanes in the Tijuana-San Diego bridge and plans to build a new border port in the area for cargo vehicles.

The Mexican government announced that they’re also holding conversations with their U.S. counterparts regarding Biden’s instruction to quarantine and test travelers for COVID-19. 

Among other issues, Mexico wants specific information regarding the types of tests required, and places where travelers may quarantine.

Rodrigo Cervantes is KJZZ’s bureau chief in Mexico City, where he was born and raised. He has served as opinion writer, contributor and commentator for several media outlets and organizations in Mexico and the United States, including CNN, Georgia Public Broadcasting and Univisión. Cervantes previously worked as the business editor and editorial coordinator for El Norte, the leading newspaper in Monterrey and a publication of Grupo Reforma, Mexico’s premier news group. In Mexico City, Cervantes served in Reforma as a reporter, special correspondent, editor and special sections coordinator. Cervantes also held the editor position at MundoHispánico, a division of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Georgia’s oldest and largest Latino newspaper. He also participated as one of the first members of the Diversity Advisory Group for Cox Media. In 2012, Cervantes was appointed as fellow for the Leadership Program of The New York Times/Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, as well as for the "Líderes Digitales" program from the International Center for Journalists. In 2010, he was awarded with the Poynter-McCormick Leadership Fellowship. Cervantes graduated with honors in communication sciences and journalism from the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico City Campus. Later, he was granted the Fundación Carolina Scholarship from the Spanish government to obtain an MBA degree at San Pablo-CEU School of Business (Madrid). Other awards include: the Power 30 Under 30 Award for Professional and Community Excellence in Atlanta, the Outstanding Alumni Medal from ITESM, and several José Martí Awards for Journalism Excellence from the National Association of Hispanic Publications (NAHP). Cervantes enjoys music, books, travel, friendship, good mezcal and the occasional company of his guitar.