Grijalva invoice would offer COVID-19 reduction to smaller enterprises around the border

Tiny businesses within 25 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border could get up to $500,000 in COVID-19 aid less than a monthly bill introduced Thursday by Rep. Raúl Grijalva.



a close up of a man wearing a suit and tie: U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva speaks at the Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Grijalva, D-Arizona, was at the Grand Canyon to announce his Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which would permanently ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.


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U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva speaks at the Grand Canyon on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. Grijalva, D-Arizona, was at the Grand Canyon to announce his Grand Canyon Centennial Protection Act, which would forever ban uranium mining near the Grand Canyon.

If the Border Business enterprise COVID-19 Rescue Act gets law, small firms would be qualified for $10,000 grants or up to $500,000 in loans. 

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The money would be dispersed via the Small Enterprise Administration’s Crisis Injury Catastrophe Financial loan Plan. 

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Grijalva, D-Ariz., decided to focus on enterprises close to the border just after seeking at the distribution of the Paycheck Safety Plan cash.

“It’s very clear that numerous minority-owned businesses were some of the previous to get reduction — if at all,” Grijalva advised The Arizona Republic in an emailed statement. “Simultaneously, substantially of the Paycheck Defense Program resources went to larger sized businesses.”

Grijalva, who signifies a border congressional district, said he crafted the laws with his constituents in brain.

“My workplace has read of the devastating penalties of the border closures on those people corporations in the immediate vicinity of the border these kinds of as dining establishments and retail merchants,” he explained.

The border with Mexico has been shut for lots of months, triggering numerous tiny corporations together the border to reel from the decline of shoppers.

“Many of the Mexican citizens made use of to appear throughout the border to do a whole lot of important browsing,” Ruben Walshe explained.



a car parked on a city street: Cars wait at the U.S.-Mexico border.


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Automobiles hold out at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Walshe owns two dining places, La Bodega and La Concha, in San Luis. 

“I want to say 80% of the folks across the border they arrive and do some sort of procuring over in this article on the U.S. side,” he said.

His 1st restaurant, La Bodega, normally was crammed with the appears of karaoke on Thursday nights, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The professional musicians would take around the rustic restaurant and bar on Friday evenings.  

All of a sudden COVID-19 silenced the singing, both excellent and not-so-fantastic, shutting down Walshe’s indoor dining for approximately six months. 

Walshe began doing delivery and takeout to assistance his 30 employees. 

“We had to cut some hours and perform ourselves in the kitchen area,” he stated. 

The working day soon after the SBA begun helping firms with loans and grants, Walshe applied.

He only obtained funding the next time.

“I know other businesses’ owners, not only cafe owners but all kinds of organization entrepreneurs down there, that did not have a clue what to do or how to implement for it,” he explained. 

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Funding from the SBA included 3 months of fees for Walshe out of the six his eating was closed. His places to eat reopened for indoor dining at 50% potential in Oct.

If the bill passes Walshe programs to utilize for much more support. 

“Ideally, it receives permitted, it is really certainly necessary,” he mentioned. “I’m sure all over the place in the border it can be the exact same predicament.”

Olivia Ainza-Kramer, president of the Nogales-Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce, mentioned that it is more than just the border closure hurting these tiny companies. 

Ainza-Kramer stated that men and women have misconceptions about the border towns.

“Santa Cruz County is just one of the safest counties in the complete point out and we have a large amount to provide,” she reported.

Yet Ainza-Kramer stated it is frequent to be asked at the visitor center by holidaymakers if they would see unlawful border crossings, or even if they were even now in the United States.

“We’re not only facing the actuality that the border is closed, but also the misperception,” she claimed. 

Ainza-Kramer mentioned she is pleased about Grijalva’s bill.

“With any luck ,, it will go mainly because a lot of the firms, specifically compact businesses, neighborhood-owned, they can acquire gain of this,” she claimed. “Right until we get this virus managed and open up the borders I assume it is heading to be incredibly useful.”

This report at first appeared on Arizona Republic: Grijalva invoice would present COVID-19 relief to compact enterprises in the vicinity of the border

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