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DelBene Blasts U.S. Decision to Keep Northern Border Closed

“It’s time for the U.S. to reopen the Canada-U.S. border.”

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Washington, D.C., July 21, 2021 | comments

Today, Congresswoman Suzan DelBene (WA-01) released the following statement after the United States announced it will unilaterally extend the Canada-U.S. border closure through August 21.

“I am deeply disappointed in the Biden administration’s decision to unilaterally extend the Canada-U.S. border closure another month. This action is short-sighted and devastating to our border communities. Businesses and families in Whatcom County, particularly in Point Roberts, were praying this was the month the border would reopen. Continuing the border closure all but ensures more businesses will close and more livelihoods will be destroyed along the border.

“Right now, Canadians can fly from Vancouver to Seattle but residents in the border town of White Rock cannot drive the short distance south across the border to Blaine. Instead of helping them build back better, we’re putting our border communities at a significant disadvantage.

“Canada on the other hand is showing leadership by announcing it will begin easing border restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans traveling north on August 9 and providing firm benchmarks and metrics behind their decision.

“It’s time for the U.S. to reopen the Canada-U.S. border.”

More information about Canada’s border actions can be found here

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