An eye-opening incident at the U.S.-Mexico border suggests that borders matter to the people they protect, says an immigration watchdog.
Unhappy with their own country’s response to the coronavirus outbreak, a group known as "Sonorans for Health and Life" shut down a U.S. border crossing in Arizona over concerns that Americans are crossing into Mexico, bringing the highly contagious COVID-19 with them.
A spokesman for the group told the BBC they were blocking traffic to draw attention to a lack of virus testing on those coming south, including American tourists and illegals being deported.
Mexico had yet to reach 500 confirmed cases when the BBC published its story March 26, and that number has now crossed the 1,200-case mark according to the widely-watched John Hopkins global case map.
Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, says it’s “perfectly understandable” for Mexican citizens – and citizens of any country – to be concerned about health and safety.
Fox News reported in a March 11 story that U.S. Border Patrol had apprehended more than 300 Chinese nationals sneaking in from Mexico. None tested positive for the virus.
The story called the U.S.-Mexico border a “microcosm of the world” because foreigners from 122 different countries were apprehended during the most current fiscal year.
“It just shows,” Mehlman says, “that our government is not the only government that's out of touch with the opinion of its people."