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Homeland Security extends border restrictions to November

Homeland Security is extending the agreement to keep the U.S. border closed to non-essential travel to Nov. 21.
Published: Oct. 19, 2020 at 12:18 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 19, 2020 at 6:45 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - It was the news Laredo leaders did not want to hear: travel restrictions along the border once again extended for non-essential travel.

During Monday’s COVID media briefing, Mayor Pete Saenz along with Congressman Henry Cuellar responded to the tweet sent out by the U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf.

The tweet cites, “To continue to limit the spread of COVID," as the reason why the decision was made to keep the borders closed to non-essential travel for an additional month now through November 21st.

While it was not the news leaders were hoping to receive, Congressman Cuellar says the wording in Monday’s tweet is a bit different from that in the past and actually provides a glimmer of hope that opening the border could happen soon.

“Even though I am disappointed that they didn’t do it now, I am extremely, extremely happy that for the first time, they’re talking about number one, a strategy, and number two that they are working with the local community to get that safe criteria, and they’re focusing on ‘supporting our local border community,’ I’ve never seen that, so.”

The U.S. borders with Mexico and Canada have been closed to non-essential travel since mid-March.

Mexico’s foreign ministry as well as Canada’s public safety minister also both confirmed the extension through November 21st.

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