Starr County leaders discuss cross-border travel restrictions

1 year 3 months 1 week ago Tuesday, October 13 2020 Oct 13, 2020 October 13, 2020 9:06 PM October 13, 2020 in News - Local

Starr County leaders are discussing the possibility that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security will lift some coronavirus-related travel restrictions at international bridges.

After the coronavirus pandemic started, the Department of Homeland Security restricted non-essential travel between the United States and Mexico.

The restrictions stopped Mexican shoppers and tourists from visiting the Rio Grande Valley.

U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar, D-Laredo, has spent months pushing the Department of Homeland Security to consider alternatives to the travel restrictions, including rapid COVID-19 tests and providing the owners of cross-border bridges with more input.

Rio Grande City Mayor Joel Villarreal said he'd like to find a way to make it work. Starr County Judge Eloy Vera, though, said he remains concerned about lifting travel restrictions.

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