A state lawmaker said given Mexicali’s population the US should reopen the visa Applicant Center.

After the center’s closure in 2020 Mexicali residents have been forced to travel to Tijuana in order to renew or request a traveling visa.

Assemblywoman Amintha Briceño said for the last couple years locals and San Felipe residents have been left without service.

Mexican residents who request border crossing visas provide biometric data and hold interviews in those centers.

Mexicali’s center was opened in 2012 to facilitate visa processing. The center was shut down in 2020.

Briceño said the center processed thousands of visa applications.

Since 2020, Mexicali residents have been forced to travel to Tijuana — a trip that has a cost of up to $150.

The lawmaker introduced a resolution that seeks to call Mexican authorities, including the Mexican Consulate in Calexico, to request the US Embassy in Mexico the center’s reopening.

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