The fact that the Biden administration is waiting longer than the Trudeau administration in Ottawa to allow vaccinated residents to cross into the opposite country is somewhat akin to a border wall – like the one along the U.S.-Mexico that President Biden stopped construction of in January, the panel of “The Five” debated on Wednesday.
Since the outbreak of coronavirus in North America, the U.S.-Canadian border has been subject to some of the most stringent restrictions with extremely limited situations qualifying as significant crosses.
On “The Five,” the panel discussed how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, a liberal, announced August 9 as the date on which vaccinated Americans can once again visit their country’s northern allies.
Host Dagen McDowell noted that the U.S.-Mexico border is a “free for all” for unvaccinated and unsupervised foreign nationals under Biden’s new lax homeland security policy, while Canadian citizens have been prevented from entering the United States.
“They postponed the Canadian border reopening until August 21,” McDowell said of the Biden administration. “Canada admits vaccinated Americans into Canada starting August 9.”
“Say the vaccinated Canadians can not come to this country, but unvaccinated migrants can?” Asked Watters.
“In a way, they put up a wall on the northern border – it’s very interesting,” he added.
McDowell assumed that the White House was in no hurry to return the Canadian border to normal operations because the resolution of restrictions has no political advantage for the White House.
Many communities, especially in Alaska, New York and Maine, were dependent on cross-border travel and have had a heavy economic hit in the midst of the lockdown.
Especially in Alaska, the government has Michael Dunleavy and the three members of the state congressional delegation – rep. Don Young and sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, all Republicans – sought solutions to politics, which has made it difficult for the isolated. 49. stat.
“As we continue to work together to tackle the unprecedented challenges of COVID-19, to keep our residents and citizens safe and healthy, we appreciate the consideration of reasonable land crossing exceptions for important travel between Alaska and the United States. through your country, ”the trio wrote in a letter from October 2020 to Trudeau, asking for a diplomatic solution to help both countries.
They used the example of the village of Hyder, Alaska with less than 100 inhabitants, the only road connecting Canada over the rest of the state’s Inside Passage region.
“[T]he Biden Administration must do more to open [the Alaska (motor) Highway] through Canada. Something less is a ground block with Washington silent, “Dunleavy also said in a series of tweets directed at the White House last month.
During the pandemic, the Canadian government has allowed limited land travel for Alaskans traveling to the state from the bottom 48 through Canada, as well as permanent residents traveling from Last Frontier back.
However, the Alaska Marine Highway – a series of long-distance toll ferries with some lodging features – still connects southern Alaska with Bellingham, Wash., And air travel is still allowed.
At the other end of the U.S.-Canada border, lockdown changed the “intertwined” dynamic between Maine border communities and those in New Brunswick.
As the Wall Street Journal described in 2020, cities like Madawaska, Maine and Edmundston, NB have seen their federal border as “more concept than barrier.” Canadians, the paper reported, often bought their wares like groceries and gasoline in the United States, while Americans searched for other products on the Canadian side daily, and families divided between the two cities remained cut off at the time.
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At the reopening of the U.S. border on August 9, Trudeau said this week that “thanks to rising vaccination rates and declining COVID-19 cases, we are able to move forward with adjusted border measures.”
“Unless amended or repealed,” the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced its reopening plan tentatively set for Aug. 21.