Juárez mayor asks Mexico to ban US citizens from entering as deaths hit 1,000+ in border city

JUÁREZ, Mexico —  The mayor of Juárez made a plea for government help from the Mexican government. The pleading of medical supplies and to ban U.S. citizens from crossing the border.

Juárez Mayor Armando Cabada is asking the Mexican government to consider temporarily banning U.S. citizens from nonessential travel over the border as COVID-19 soars.

Travel by U.S. citizens in “indiscriminate crossings at the border in Ciudad Juárez are contributing in an active manner to the expansion of the virus,” Cabada said Friday in a memo to Roberto Velasco Alvarez, director for North America in Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Relations.

The U.S. has restricted nonessential Mexican tourist travel over the land border since March 21, but U.S. residents still are able to go to Mexico.

There have been more than 11,800 cases of the novel coronavirus confirmed in Juárez since the pandemic began, but actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to very low amounts of testing.