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Mexico Asks For Review Of What’s Deemed Essential If Border Restrictions Aren’t Lifted

If border crossing restrictions are to remain in place, Mexican officials are asking their U.S. counterparts for a review of which trips are deemed essential.

Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard made those comments Tuesday morning after a recent meeting with several U.S. senators.

He also noted that San Diego and Tijuana now have comparable rates of vaccination after a recent campaign enabled by a U.S. donation of 1.35 million doses of the one-shot Johnson and Johnson vaccine.

Given that, “what would be the reason to maintain or unnecessarily prolong that restriction,” he asked.

Ebrard also again raised the prospect of changing restrictions based on vaccination rates in individual cities, instead of the entire border region.

Northbound restrictions imposed in March 2020 have prevented many Mexicans from crossing into the United States for nearly a year and a half now. U.S. citizens haven’t faced similar restrictions traveling into Mexico, and their return is deemed essential.

Born and raised in the Intermountain West, Murphy Woodhouse has called southern Arizona home for most of the last decade. He’s one of two field correspondents at KJZZ’s Hermosillo bureau, where his reporting focuses on the trade relationship between Arizona, Sonora and the rest of Mexico.Before joining the station, Murphy was a reporter at the Arizona Daily Star and the Nogales International. Prior to his reporting career, he completed a master’s degree at the University of Arizona’s Center for Latin American Studies and did three wildfire seasons with the Snake River Hotshots. He’s a proud graduate of the University of Montana’s School of Journalism.When he’s not reporting, Murphy is often out in the woods running or riding singletrack, or swinging in a hammock with a book.