Stefanik calling for phased reopening of U.S.-Canada border
North Country Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-Schuylerville, is calling for a “phased” reopening of the U.S.-Canada border.
A statement from Stefanik says she and several other members of congress criticizes the governments for extending the border closure by 30 days.“The continual 30-day extensions without a plan for how restrictions will be modified prolongs uncertainty for both communities and creates unnecessary tension as we approach each new expiration. States and Provinces have created frameworks for reopening that rely on monitoring public health data, the expertise of health officials, and other defined criteria to inform government decisions on how to proceed with each phase of a reopen. This process alleviates uncertainty and allows residents to understand the decision-making and anticipate next steps. Continuing to extend border restrictions at 30-day intervals is untenable for the communities that have been separated from family and unable to tend to their property for over three months,” Stefanik and other representatives wrote in a recent letter to the acting secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canadian minister of public safety and emergency preparedness.
The border first closed March 24 and is now closed, tentatively, until July 21. Current exemptions to the closure include U.S. citizens returning to the U.S., people traveling for medical purposes, people traveling to attend educational institutions or work, people traveling for emergency or government response, people engaged in “lawful cross-border trade” (ex. cargo drivers) and members of the military, according to Stefanik’s office.
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