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United States Extends Border Restrictions with Mexico and Canada

According to the Department of Homeland Security, the United States has prolonged its border restrictions with Mexico and Canada until at least September 21. (DHS). DHS stated in a tweet Friday morning that the extension is intended to reduce the spread of COVID-19, particularly the delta form. Before Friday’s news, the restrictions were due to lift on August 21. The extension comes just 12 days after Canada’s border was opened to vaccinated Americans on August 8.

The announcement will disappoint many Washingtonians and companies, particularly those in the state’s northern regions. DHS said in a statement, “In coordination with public health and medical experts, DHS continues working closely with its partners across the United States and internationally to determine how to safely and sustainably resume normal travel.”

Congresswoman Suzan DelBene and Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray have been pressuring the Department of Homeland Security to open the border or create exceptions for places like Point Roberts, but their efforts appear to have failed with the announcement of the extension. On three sides, Point Roberts is surrounded by sea, and it shares its lone land boundary with Canada. Residents and nearby businesses have suffered as a result of the prolonged shutdown.

Due to the border closure, the community’s single grocery shop was on the verge of closing. This is a bad choice by the administration; at the absolute least, there should be an exemption for Point Roberts while we strive to reopen the US-Canada border safely. Murray stated that she will keep pressuring the Biden administration for a border exception for Point Roberts until the situation is resolved. The highly transmissible COVID-19 delta strain, as well as the tens of millions of Americans who are still unvaccinated against the disease, have been blamed for the rise in infections in Washington and across the country.

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