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“Infuriated” by an announcement the United States government will extend restrictions on nonessential travel at the border between the U.S. and Canada for another month, Congressman Brian Higgins released the following statement:
“For months now, people and businesses along the border have been strung along month after month holding out hope for the border to reopen. Today’s decision by the Biden administration harms economic recovery and hurts families all across America’s northern border; this is completely unnecessary.
“While the United States does nothing, loved ones remain separated and communities whose economies rely on the cross-border exchange continue to suffer economically. Continuation of this shutdown is illogical given the success of vaccines and counterproductive putting the United States at a disadvantage given Canada’s decision to welcome back vaccinated Americans effective Aug. 9.”
Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives this week urging the U.S. to act to reopen the border. He said, in part, “It is time for the United States to align its northern border policy with its science.”
The congressman, who co-leads the northern border caucus and Canada-U.S. interparliamentary group, welcomed action announced by the Canadian government this week. In a statement, he said there is “no excuse” for the “failure” by the U.S. to give a lifting of restrictions at the northern border the attention it deserves.