Congressman Higgins Puts Pressure on U.S. Government to Act on Reopening the Northern Border
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.
Higgins said in part, “This week the Canadian Government announced plans to reopen the border to fully vaccinated Americans on August 9th. On January 21st of this year, we were promised a plan would be developed by the United States to address travel to Canada within 14 days. 180 days have now passed. We are still waiting for that plan.”
Congressman Higgins serves as Co-Chair of both the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group and the Congressional Northern Border Caucus. The district he represents includes Buffalo and Niagara Falls, New York.
The Congressman points out the conflicting U.S. guidance between domestic and international policy despite similar vaccination rates in both the Unites States and Canada. Higgins added, “The United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publicly advise that fully vaccinated Americans are free to safely resume all pre-pandemic activity. It is time for the United States to align its border policy with the science, with the facts and with the data. Action is long overdue. Open the U.S. border to our Canadian neighbors.”
Conflicting restrictions are also in place for those wishing to enter the U.S. by land vs. by air, adding to the frustration in border communities who can reach border crossings within minutes. The existing U.S. order restricting non-essential travel across Land Ports of Entry is set to expire on July 21.