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US to reopen land border to Canadians by next month, Schumer says

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O, Canada, come on again!

The Biden administration intends to reopen overland border crossings to our vaccinated neighbors to the north by early November, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) mentioned Tuesday night time.

Schumer claimed he had acquired “direct confirmation” of the reopening plan from Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. It can be the primary time for the reason that onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020 that the world’s longest land border opens to nonessential two-way journey site visitors.

“Since the beginning of the pandemic, member[s] of our shared border community have felt the pain and economic hardship of the land border closures. That pain is about to end,” Schumer mentioned in a press release. “Very soon, the link between New York and our northern neighbors will finally be re-established, reuniting families, bolstering businesses, and ending a frustrating cycle of waiting for everyone involved.”

The Canadian authorities opened its border to vaccinated American vacationers on Aug. 9, however the Biden administration didn’t reciprocate. Currently, restrictions on non-essential journey from Canada are set to expire Oct. 21.

The slowness of the White House in opening the northern border exasperated lawmakers who characterize communities close to the frontier. 

Traffic moves towards a police car by the Ambassador Bridge border crossing in Windsor, Ontario, Monday, Oct.4, 2021.
Sen. Chuck Schumer claimed he had acquired “direct confirmation” of the reopening plan from Alejandro Mayorkas.
Rob Gurdebeke/The Canadian Press by way of AP

Last month, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.), referred to as on Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to deliver ahead laws to drive the reopening of the US to Canadian vacationers. 

“The reduction in cross-border traffic has had a significant impact on local economies along the northern border, including agriculture, small businesses, and tourism,” the 2 wrote on the time. “These industries are the lifeblood of many northern border communities from New York to Montana that continue to inordinately feel the economic repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“To make matters worse,” they added, “the Biden Administration has provided zero transparency on the metrics and decision-making process guiding these continued restrictions and still has not established any plan on how cross-border travel will eventually be restored.”

Canada has one of many highest vaccination charges on this planet. According to data from CTV News, greater than 87.7 p.c of its inhabitants aged 12 and older have acquired at the very least one vaccine shot and greater than 82 p.c of that group are thought-about totally vaccinated.

However, whereas the Biden administration stored journey restrictions in place for these trying to enter the US from high-vaccination places like Canada and Europe, tons of of hundreds of unlawful immigrants have been allowed to cross over the US-Mexico border with out requiring a COVID-19 vaccine or even a unfavorable take a look at for the virus. 

Last month, the White House introduced that it could enable vaccinated vacationers from the 26-nation Schengen Zone to enter the US, in addition to these from different nations that skilled early outbreaks of COVID-19, together with Brazil, China, Iran, Ireland, South Africa and the UK.

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