Small businesses in Nogales react to extension of land border restrictions

Business owners who work across Arizona and Mexico are hoping the Biden administration will reconsider a recent decision to keep the border closed to tourists from Mexico for at least another month. They say the closure, which has been in place since March 2020, has destroyed their way of life.

“There used to be a huge amount of people circulating here, the stores looked like a carnival. Everything is closed now, full of dust, the windows are dirty,” expressed Luis Felix.

It’s been more than a year since the closure of the U.S-Mexico border (land), Felix is hoping the restrictions will be lifted soon.

Felix owns a shuttle company; he provides transportation for Mexican tourists from Nogales to Tucson and Phoenix. But with border closures, there are no more Mexican citizens coming, for Felix that means no business.

“Drivers ended up unemployed, owners had to sell their shuttles for very little money,” said Felix.

Back in March of 2020, the federal…

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