BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The United States is keeping the border closed to Canadians.

Although Americans who are vaccinated against COVID-19 can travel north, the U.S. is preventing Canadians from crossing into the U.S. for non-essential travel.

This closure has been extended through September 21. The Mexican border will also be closed through this date.

Congressman Brian Higgins, who serves as co-chair of the Northern Border Caucus and the Canada-U.S. Interparliamentary Group, has long been a proponent of opening the border both ways.

He released a statement, criticizing the federal government’s latest move.

“The U.S. – Canadian relationship is integral for our economies and life-quality. The failure to make opening the border the priority that it should be is a huge mistake. There has not been enough attention placed on the value and opportunity that comes with restoring connections between our two nations. It is beyond disappointing; it is hurtful both at a human and economic level.”

Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)

Rep. Chris Jacobs has also released a statement on the extended closure:

“Extending the closure of the U.S. – Canada border again without answers demonstrates the sheer inability of this administration to adequately plan or provide transparent answers to the American people. Our shared border should have been open months ago. This administration’s failure to do so has forced our small businesses to suffer economically from another missed tourism season, and more heartbreaking, they have prolonged the suffering of thousands of families. Enough is enough. The President needs to stop passing the buck and reopen the U.S. – Canada border immediately.”

Rep. Chris Jacobs (NY-27)

Travel restrictions between Canada and the U.S. began in March 2020. On August 9 of this year, Canada began allowing Americans in for non-essential travel.

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