More on Northern Border
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.
On January 22, 2021, President Biden issued an executive order calling for U.S. departments to work with Canadian agencies to develop a plan within 14-days. Nearly five months have passed, and Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) says the American people deserve action.
During a Sunday interview Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness discussed the extension of existing travel restrictions between the United States and Canada. “We haven’t reached the finish line, and the finish line is when a significant majority of Canadians, approximately 75%, are fully vaccinated,” said Blair.
Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group Co-Chair Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) released the following statement in response:
Congressmembers Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) and Bill Huizenga (R-MI-2), who serve as co-chairs of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, released the following joint statement in response to extension of U.S. – Canada border restrictions:
“Millions of Americans and Canadians are counting on our governments to work together to reach an agreement that provides a clear roadmap for reopening the border between our two nations.
With families now separated for over 450 days due to restrictions imposed at the United States – Canada border, Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) is insisting families shouldn’t have to wait one day longer to be together again. Higgins, who serves as Co-Chair of the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group and the Northern Border Caucus, wants the U.S. government to take immediate action to reciprocate family reunification measures already allowed by the Canadian government.
Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-26) applauded action by President Biden to send one million doses of the Moderna COVID vaccine to Canada.