Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher Fights for Constituents Stuck in Peru During COVID-19 Pandemic
Washington, March 26, 2020 | Rocio Cruz
(Houston, TX) – Last night, Congresswoman Lizzie Fletcher (TX-07) wrote to Peruvian Ambassador to the United States, Ambassador Hugo de Zela, on behalf of Houstonians who have been stuck abroad amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the spread of COVID-19, the country of Peru has closed its borders – leaving many United States citizens, including several of Congresswoman Fletcher’s constituents, stuck in Peru.
“The unplanned extension of their time in Peru has created additional challenges—some are now without essential medications and others are without sufficient funds. They are having trouble getting home—and it is in all of our interests to help them do so. Each additional day creates additional problems that can be alleviated if they can return home to the U.S.,” wrote Congresswoman Fletcher.
She continues: “I urge you to do all in your power to work with your government to solve these interdepartmental miscommunications so that American citizens can return home as soon as possible. It is essential that our governments communicate effectively in these times of crisis.”
There were two flights scheduled to bring American citizens back to the United States from Peru earlier this week, but despite assurances from the Government of Peru that these flights were authorized, they were not granted permission to land in Peru.
Congresswoman Fletcher and her office have been working around the clock to help constituents stuck abroad in Peru and in other countries. Congresswoman Fletcher has been in contact with the U.S. Department of State and her office provides regular updates to these constituents of changing diplomatic conditions and available flights. So far, Congresswoman Fletcher’s office has been in contact with eight constituents in Peru – three of which have been able to come back to the United States.
The full text of her letter can be found here