The President of Mexico, Andrés Manuel López Obrador, will meet with the Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris, this Monday afternoon to discuss various issues related to the current health crisis, including the reopening of the Mexican northern border.
Since March 2020, the U.S.-Mexico border has only allowed essential crossings, affecting businesses, especially on the U.S. side. And although several cities and authorities, such as those of San Diego, have asked Joe Biden's administration to open the border as soon as possible, to avoid a greater impact on their economy, this has not been addressed.
For his part, López Obrador commented this morning that the reopening of the border on August 21 will depend "a lot on today's conversation" with Harris.
The reason for extending the restrictions between the two countries for another month (August 21) was due to the Delta variant, which has hit the U.S. population.
In view of this, the Mexican President said that although there is an increase in the number of cases in both countries, the context has changed, since thanks to vaccination, hospitalizations have decreased.
"This is the only thing that could prevent the border from opening, however, it is what I am going to propose today: that the workers, the population, the drivers are not put at risk with a security protocol that should consist of us taking care of ourselves, that we should not wait to be told to do so," he said.
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