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Nine CBP officers in El Paso have now tested positive for COVID-19

KFOX14 has learned that nine US Customs and Border Protection officers in El Paso have now tested positive for COVID-19.

It’s one of several concerns for El Paso’s CBP union, which said non-essential travel between El Paso and Juarez is still alive and well.

On Monday morning, the US Department EL Paso News of Homeland Security extended restrictions on non-essential travel at the US-Mexico border for another 30 days.

But El Paso’s CBP union said non-essential travel between El Paso and Juarez never stopped in the first place.

“You have these people going back and forth, back and forth,” said John Monahan, president of the El Paso CBP union. “And they have quite an outbreak down in Juarez.”

The union said the problem is that American citizens aren’t being stopped from traveling to Juarez.

When Americans return to El Paso, CBP has no choice but to Press Release Distribution Service in EL Paso let them into the country as American citizens.

The union said the cross-border travel is just another risk for an agency that’s already been hit hard by the coronavirus.

“Here in El Paso we have nine officers that tested positive so far,” said Monahan. “It’s scary. We’re getting it just like everybody else is getting it.”

Monahan said he feels the border should be closed entirely to stop the spread of COVID-19 between El Paso and Juarez.

El Paso Mayor Dee Margo feels differently.

“I can’t see that occurring, to be candid with you,” said Mayor Margo. “It would take an absolute crisis on that side, from a health standpoint, to even consider that.”

Mayor Margo said while only the federal government can close the bridges between El Paso and Juarez, he couldn’t see himself advocating for the border to be closed, as the two cities depend on each other to fight the coronavirus.

“We still have a number of manufacturers over there that are tied into this response to this pandemic,” said Mayor Margo.

But the CBP union said any travel across the border puts them at risk in this pandemic.

“We’re not practicing the social distancing that they want so badly. Or stay at home,” said Monahan. “We’re not practicing that if we’re letting people go back and forth, back and forth between two different countries.”

KFOX14 reached out to US Customs and Border Protection to ask how travelers going from the US to Mexico are screened.

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