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U.S.-Mexico border stays open to trade, essential travel


“Commercial goods transported on trains and trucks won’t be affected” by the joint U.S.-Mexico decision to partially close the border between the two counties, Border Industrial Association President Jerry Pacheco of Santa Teresa said in a March 20 email message.

“I just spoke to Santa Teresa Port Director Fernando Thome and he assured me that business is proceeding as usual,” Pacheco said in the email, adding that rumors that the border is completely closed are false. “Cargo will proceed, so our exports and imports to Mexico are not affected at this moment.”

The partial closing will only impact non-essential travel, Pacheco said. It won’t affect “citizens or legal residents, people with legal work permits, people who are considered ‘essential’ or people traveling for medical education reasons.”

Pacheco said President Trump’s travel advisory about Americans traveling to Mexico “is only a travel advisory at this point and will not restrict Americans or any of the people listed above from coming to the U.S.

“Please take guidelines about conducting your everyday business during this coronavirus crisis seriously, but please proceed with your business,” Pacheco said. 

BIA is a nonprofit industrial advocacy group founded by Pacheco in 2009. It is comprised of 125 industrial members that account for 6,000 employees and billions of value-added production, six million square feet of industrial space and more than $1 billion in investment in the Santa Teresa-Las Cruces Corridor. Pacheco said it is the largest industrial association in New Mexico.

For more information, visit www.nmbia.org.