Hey Canada, come back!
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said Tuesday night that the Biden administration intends to reopen overland border crossings to our vaccinated neighbors to the north in early November.
Schumer claimed he had received “direct confirmation” of the reopening plan from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyerkas. This will be the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 that the world’s longest land border opens to non-essential two-way travel traffic.
“Since the start of the pandemic, members[s] Our shared border community has felt the pain and economic hardship of land border closure. That pain is about to end,” Schumer said in a statement. “Very soon, the link between New York and our northern neighbors will finally be reestablished, families reunited, businesses strengthened, and the frustrating cycle of waiting for everyone involved will end.”
The Canadian government opened its borders to vaccinate American travelers on August 9, but the Biden administration did not respond. Currently, restrictions on non-essential travel from Canada are due to end on October 21.
The White House’s slowness in opening the northern border angered lawmakers representing communities near the border.
Last month, Representatives Alice Stefnik (R-NY) and Sen. Steve Dines (R-Mont.), called on Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to bring in legislation to force America to reopen. did. Canadian tourists.
Both wrote at the time, “The reduction in cross-border traffic has had a significant impact on local economies on the northern border, including agriculture, small business and tourism.” “These industries are the lifeblood of many northern border communities from New York to Montana that continue to feel the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic unusually.”
“To make matters worse,” he said, “the Biden administration has provided zero transparency on the metrics and decision-making process guiding these continued restrictions and still has no say on how cross-border travel will be restored. The plan hasn’t been established.”
Canada has one of the highest vaccination rates in the world. According to data from CTV News, more than 87.7 percent of its population ages 12 and older have received at least one vaccine and more than 82 percent of that group are considered to have been fully vaccinated.
However, while the Biden administration imposed travel restrictions for those attempting to enter the US from high-vaccination places such as Canada and Europe, hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants have been allowed to cross the US-Mexico border without the need for COVID-19. – 19 vaccine or even a negative test for the virus.
Last month, the White House announced that it would allow Schengen zone vaccinated travelers from 26 countries to enter the US, as well as people from other countries who have tested positive for COVID-19, including Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland. experienced an initial outbreak of South Africa and Britain.