President Biden: It’s time to reopen the northern border
Businesses and families in Whatcom County, particularly the isolated community of Point Roberts, were praying that this week would bring news that the Canada-U.S. border would begin to reopen. For more than a year, our border communities have been cut off from Canadian tourism and the seasonal commerce they rely on.
However, these hopes were dashed when the Biden administration decided to unilaterally extend the border closure until August 21. I am deeply disappointed by this short-sighted decision. Continuing the border closure all but ensures that more businesses will close and more livelihoods will be harmed 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 our border communities build back better, we’re putting them 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 to reopen the Canada-U.S. border. I will continue pushing the Biden administration to take action and support our border communities. We don’t have any time to waste.
As always, I am here to help you. If you need assistance at this difficult time, please don’t hesitate to leave a message with my Kirkland office at (425) 485-0085. For more updates on what I’m doing for WA-01, you can follow me on social media at the links above.
Stay safe and stay healthy,Suzan