Mexican protesters demand border be closed due to coronavirus—Another Trump win?

They are worried over coronavirus concerns.

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The Arizona Central reports that recently, Mexican protesters were demanding that the American border be closed in the Nogales area: “Protesters on the Mexican side of the border blocked for several hours on Wednesday the Mexico-bound lanes at the main border crossing in the twin border cities of Ambos Nogales, to express their displeasure with the Mexican government’s response so far to the new coronavirus pandemic…

“…people wearing face masks and carrying signs used two of their vehicles for a blockade of the two southbound lanes at the DeConcini crossing, several hundred feet into the Mexican side of the border, video taken by Mexican media showed. Some of the signs asked U.S. residents to ‘stay at home.’ Others called on Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to step up controls and restrictions along the U.S.-Mexico border to contain the spread of COVID-19.”

I know Nogales. It was a very popular weekend destination for U.S. Army Intel personnel in the early 1980s. I hear it still is. GIs spend a lot of money there.

So for people from the area to want the border closed means they are losing their grip on the situation and panicking, as U.S. soldiers could no doubt bring with them needed medical supplies.

Though, according to one Mexican governor, some of the populace of the border may be immune from the coronavirus. The Arizona Central reports that Puebla Gov. Miguel Barbosa said on Wednesday, “The majority [of infected] are wealthy people. If you are rich, you are at risk. If you are poor, no,’ Barbosa said of the coronavirus. ‘We poor people, we are immune.’

Barbosa also appeared to be playing on an old stereotype held by some Mexicans that poor sanitation standards may have strengthened their immune systems by exposing them to bacteria or other bugs.”

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That’s the state of the official virus response in Mexico. For some time President Trump has wanted to make sure the results of such official logic and clarity stays on one side of the border. Now the Mexicans are demonstrating for it as as well. Point, set, game: Trump.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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