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Merchants consider the border closure with Mexico discriminatory

San Diego, Jun 21 (EFE News) .- Commercial leaders of the US border anticipate a gradual reopening as vaccination is promoted in the Mexican bordering states, but, meanwhile, they consider that the restrictions are a form of discrimination against border residents Mexicans.

“It is discrimination because the restrictions apply only at the border,” the executive director of the San Ysidro Chamber of Commerce, Jason Wells, told Efe.

There are Mexicans with a tourist visa “who can fly to cities further north of the border or to other states without any problem, so it only impacts the border,” he said.

He also said it is discrimination “because it only impacts Mexicans; you can come with a tourist visa from practically any other country in Latin America on a flight without any problem ”.

For 15 months, the border restrictions have been applied without affecting US citizens and legal residents, even if they live on the Mexican side of the border.

It is also discrimination because the restrictions “do not affect US visitors who cross into Mexico, but only border residents with a visa who want to cross the border.”

And this discrimination impacts businesses along the border. According to Wells, in San Ysidro so far in the pandemic “about 200 businesses have closed definitively, with no possibility of reopening,” or 25% of the total.

At the end of one year of the pandemic, the Chamber of Commerce considered that sales, without Mexican consumers, fell from 890 million dollars to just 250 million, a loss of 640 million dollars.

And while businesses in the Puerta de las Américas shopping center, the largest on the border with Mexico, post constant losses, its branches in Los Angeles have higher sales, Wells explained.

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