More on Northern Border
The United States is extending restrictions on travel at the Canadian border through September 21, 2021. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) who serves as co-chair of both the Northern Border Caucus and the Canada – U.S. Interparliamentary Group released the following statement in response:
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing for the United States to lift border restrictions at the U.S.-Canada border and is urging adequate funding to support staffing levels that allow for efficient operations when the border reopens.
In 1986 user fee collection was put in place to help offset U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) inspection costs at land, air and sea ports. Travel restrictions extended due to the COVID-19 pandemic decreased fee collection.
With Canada’s plan to reopen the border to United States citizens less than a week away, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is raising serious concerns about the lack of information and planning coming from the United States government. In separate letters to the White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Higgins is pressing for the U.S. government to address unanswered questions related to testing in border communities and logistics at Land Ports of Entry.
Infuriated by today’s announcement that the United States government will extend restrictions on non-essential travel at the border between the United States and Canada for another month, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement:
Following an announcement by the Canadian government of plans to reopen the border between the United States and Canada to vaccinated Americans on August 9th, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is pushing the United States government to act. Higgins expressed his dissatisfaction with the lack of response by the U.S. in remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) who serves as co-chair of the Canada – U.S. Interparliamentary Group and the Northern Border Caucus released the following statement in response to an announcement by the Canadian government detailing plans to lift border restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans effective August 9, 2021.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) responded to positive developments toward lifting restrictions for vaccinated travelers wishing to cross at Land Ports of Entry between the United States and Canada.
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (NY-26), Bill Huizenga (MI-2) and Kathy Castor (FL-14) are leading a bipartisan push encouraging the Biden Administration to take steps to safely reopen international travel to the United States.
The week including Canada Day, July 1, and Independence Day, July 4, typically tends to be one of the busiest times of the year for cross-border travel between the United States and Canada. However, this year the border remains closed to non-essential travel and federal and state leaders representing the border community that includes the Peace Bridge are frustrated by the lack of progress. Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) and New York State Assemblymember Jonathan D. Rivera are both pushing for action.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26), who serves as Co-Chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, expressed cautious optimism following public remarks indicating action to allow for additional people to cross the U.S.-Canada border could come in a matter of weeks.