EL PASO, Texas (Border Report) – A number of Mennonites residing in Mexico are being denied entry to buy farm tools at auctions in the US, and a few New Mexico retailers and one elected official need to know why.
Considered one of them is Charles Dickerson, of Charles F. Dickerson Worldwide Auctioneers in Las Cruces.
“We provide farm equipment and most of our gross sales go to Mexico. The Mennonites produce a big portion of the crops in (Chihuahua), however one among my Mennonite farmers exhibits up, has a 2-day-old unfavourable COVID take a look at they usually inform him is journey isn’t important. It doesn’t make an entire lot of sense,” Dickerson stated.
That purchaser was Frank Froese, of Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua, who says he’s not the one member of the Mennonite farming group there to be turned again at a port of entry by U.S. Customs and Border Safety.
“We’d like farm equipment to provide our crops but it surely’s very tough to get throughout today as a result of they reject you,” stated Froese, who grows corn, apples, cotton and oats. “Farmers are struggling, and New Mexico retailers are struggling for patrons, however they don’t allow us to cross the border.”
Many auctions are held on-line however farmers say they like to take a look at tools earlier than bidding. And Dickerson’s web site says he doesn’t do online auctions.
The U.S., Mexico and Canada in March of final 12 months agreed to limit non-essential land border journey to reduce the unfold of COVID-19. Americans and authorized everlasting residents who depart the nation can return any time, however foreigners with a visa should show they’re coming right here for important causes. Foreigners concerned in commerce and commerce, corresponding to truckers, also can are available.
“Buying farm tools is taken into account important journey for industrial commerce functions. They could need to file monetary types in the event that they’re carrying greater than $10,000,” CBP informed Border Report in a press release.
However Froese stated he was final denied entry in mid-February on the Santa Teresa, New Mexico, port of entry and a number of other different members of the Mennonite group had been turned again at El Paso’s Zaragoza Worldwide Bridge and at Presidio, Texas.
The Mennonites are an English- and German-speaking non secular minority that started transferring from Canada to Mexico within the Twenties. Their spartan life-style, denim overalls, cowboy hats and their ladies’s lengthy attire usually draw comparability to the Amish – one other conservative North American minority.
Froese stated a lot of the 90,000 or so Mennonites residing in Chihuahua retain Canadian by-product citizenship and present Canadian passports on the U.S. border.
U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-New Mexico, stated denying entry to Mennonite farmers is “one other troubling instance of the double-standards” of the Biden administration in relation to dealing with immigration throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Earlier this week, 108 unlawful immigrants with constructive COVID exams had been launched by Border Patrol and allowed to journey freely from Southern Texas. On the identical time, farmers with unfavourable COVID exams have been barred from getting into the US to conduct important enterprise,” stated Herrell, who represents Southern New Mexico.
Border Report on Wednesday reported that Border Patrol officers have been releasing with out testing lots of of migrants, 108 of whom Brownsville metropolis officers say later examined constructive for the coronavirus.
CBP officers stated every request for admission is decided primarily based on an examination of “all related data” out there to the officer at a port of entry on the time of the request. If a person requesting admission believes she or he was wrongfully denied entry, they need to request to talk to a port supervisor.