After nearly 20 months of restrictions on nonessential travel along the United States land borders, Mariano Gomez is ready to be welcomed back in the country.
The Culiacán, Mexico resident used to be a frequent traveler, driving nearly 1,100 miles every two months to visit his 24-year-old daughter, Cristina, at school in Tuscon. But when the United States land borders shut down all nonessential travel in March 2020, Gomez was suddenly cut off from visiting.
Video chats through Whatsapp helped, but Gomez said it wasn’t the same.
“When the borders were closed, it was – wow,” Gomez said. “You can feel the pain in the soul. It’s kind of difficult to explain. You have part of yourself in some other place far away from you.”
Gomez’s daughter has since moved back to the states, but Gomez is relieved that he won’t have to worry about border restrictions for nonessential travel much longer. Starting in “early November,” the U.S. is set to reopen its land…