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Statement by Congressman Brian Higgins in Response to U.S. Extension of Border Restrictions between the United States and Canada

Jul 21, 2021
Press Release
U.S. Keeps Northern Border Closed Through August 21

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:

“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 August 9th.”

Higgins spoke on the floor of the House of Representatives earlier this week urging the United States to act to reopen the border saying 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 yesterday saying in a statement there is “no excuse” for the failure by the United States to give a lifting of restrictions at the Northern Border the attention it deserves.