Locals fear of chaos if border policies are lifted all at once

Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 9:48 PM CDT
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LAREDO, Tex. (KGNS) - Laredo Mayor Pete Saenz fears chaos at the border if several policies are lifted at the international bridges.

He and other city officials along with health experts are calling on the Biden administration for a plan or resources.

After a discussion with Congressman Henry Cuellar, Saenz says it’s become clear that pretty soon several policies will be lifted at the bridges.

“The lifting of Title 42, and the lifting of the bridge restrictions which of course we’ve been asking for for quite some time, but also too the lifting of this process that CBP has of meeting asylum seekers at the middle of the bridge and basically turning them back or at least questioning them or whatever the processes is.”

Saenz fears that if no plan is set in place after these policies are lifted, then there will be an influx at the border.

“And of course, the migrants and the COVID situation is still very much a part of what we’re dealing with and we hear that six to seven percent of migrants that have been tested do come out positive and then it brings quickly to mind the resources, the limited resources we have here locally.”

The mayor says next week the city will be meeting with local, state, and national stakeholders to come up with a plan of action.

Health experts like Laredo Health Authority Doctor Victor Trevino and Laredo Health Department Director Richard Chamberlain will be included.

Doctor Trevino says they will discuss mitigation efforts at the bridges or near port of entry if a public health issue were to arise.

“The isolation, identification, and quarantines will be a measure they can instill if we have those large outbreaks, so other measures we’re working on now we have never seen this situation before so it is a thing that has to be deciphered carefully and looked at cautiously and to make the best decision available we will keep you informed.”

It’s the city’s hope that these potential issues aren’t left for border cities to address.

Chamberlain did mention that Curative will set up a vaccine kiosk at the bridge for people entering the county.

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