Canada and Mexico borders closed until at least late September

Biden will keep the borders of Canada and Mexico closed until at least late September, angering the travel industry

The Biden administration will continue to prevent non-citizens from entering the United States at ports of entry along the Canadian and Mexican borders until September 21, the 15th month in which the travel ban was renewed.

The Department of Homeland Security declared that nonessential travelers from outside the United States would not travel to America at the country's land borders despite Canada reversing its policy earlier this month.

The American Travel Association criticized the Biden administration's decision, saying it costs the United States about $1.5 billion a month in travel exports at the Canadian border.

"Travel restrictions no longer protect us from the virus — vaccines," Tori Emerson Barnes, executive vice president for the American Travel Association, said in a statement. "Every day that our land borders remain closed delays the recovery of America's economy and jobs." more significant harm to the millions of people whose livelihoods depend on travel and tourism."

The move is also expected to anger lawmakers representing congressional districts on the northern and southern borders, who were unhappy last month after the White House suspended plans to reopen the border after initially announcing the lifting of the travel ban in August. More than 75 House members sent a letter to Biden asking him to reopen the border.

President Joe Biden has pledged to resume normal border operations in early 2021 but has not done so despite releasing tens of thousands of migrants illegally crossing the southern border since taking office. 

Under the public health policy launched in March 2020, all children and adults who cross the border illegally are supposed to be returned to Mexico or their country of origin. However, the Biden administration is not bringing back most families. Children are also not rejected but are released to a sponsor within the United States. Immigrants are not given coronavirus vaccines before they are removed from federal custody, and the government does not test those in its control at the border.

Canada began on August 9, allowing visitors to prove they have been fully vaccinated for at least 14 days.

The only exceptions to the travel restrictions include US citizens and lawful permanent residents returning to the United States, people traveling for medical reasons, people attending school, people working in agriculture or the agricultural industries, emergency and public health officials, and members of the United States. States. Military and commercial involved in cross-border trade.

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