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Bellingham Herald: Though U.S.-Canada border will reopen soon, area lawmakers insist work isn’t finished

By David Rasbach and Robert Mittendorf

While many area lawmakers hailed news Tuesday, Oct. 12, that the U.S. plans to loosen its border restrictions and allow vaccinated Canadians to cross at land points of entry, they say their work to support communities most impacted by the 19-month-long closure to non-essential travel is not done.

“For nineteen long months, our border communities have lived in a state of hardship and frustration, waiting month-to-month for news that the northern border would reopen and they could begin to move past this crisis,” U.S. Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., said in a statement emailed to The Bellingham Herald. “In that time, families have moved elsewhere, businesses have closed, and some communities are unrecognizable from where they started during this crisis.

“Our border communities can finally see the light at the end of this long, dark tunnel with the Biden administration’s announcement that fully vaccinated Canadians will be able to travel to the United States by land and sea just as they’ve been able to do by plane...This is just the start of the next chapter.

“For many border communities, especially Point Roberts, they will need additional support and resources to build back better and I will continue to champion their voices in Congress.”

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