Saturday, October 23, 2021

Biden admin extends travel ban on Canada, Mexico border

The Biden administration announced on Monday that it would extend a non-essential travel ban on land borders with Canada and Mexico for another month.

White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Jeff Gents told reporters on Monday that land borders would remain closed to non-essential travel until October 21.

“Today, the administration announced a move to a safer and more cohesive global approach to international, inbound air travel,” Zints replied when asked about the land border, adding that the COVID-19 approach to the United States would be coming. Will ease travel restrictions on 19-vaccinated foreign visitors. by flight.

“We don’t have any updates for land border policies,” Ziants said.

Land border restrictions were put in place in March 2020 to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and were renewed month after month. U.S. citizens or permanent residents returning to the United States and doing other activities such as traveling for medical reasons or attending educational institutions are considered essential travel. They will not be affected by the ban.

On 9 August, Canada announced that US tourists could visit the country if they had been fully vaccinated against the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus.

The shutdowns also do not affect illegal immigration, which has skyrocketed under President Joe Biden, or tens of thousands of Afghan evacuees, not all of whom are being tested for COVID-19.

Republicans and some Democrats have repeatedly criticized the Biden administration over the border crisis.

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Thousands of illegal immigrants gather near an international bridge after crossing the Rio Grande in Del Rio, Texas, on September 16, 2021. (Charlotte Cuthbertson/The Epoch Times)

During Monday’s briefing, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki declined to acknowledge that the expansion was partly due to a southern border crisis.

“Well, it’s an ongoing process, isn’t it? Title 19 is what is, of course, on land borders,” said Saki, referring to the search and arrest authority given to customs officials. Have no updates or predictions, but obviously we’re continuing to consider, as evidenced by our announcement today, how we can return to the place of travel and how people are able to move from the country . For the country, including our land borders. “

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Lawmakers, Republican and Democratic, have criticized the latest extension.

“The same day the Biden administration announced it would begin easing foreign travel restrictions with a number of countries including China and Iran, President Biden still refuses to establish a clear plan for reopening the northern border, Rep. Alice Stefnik (R.N.Y.) said in a statement. “The time has come for this administration to do its job, so members of the North Country can be reunited with families, tourism can resume, and small businesses no longer suffer from the failure of this administration. Will have to be This prolonged shutdown has been devastating to our region, and New York deserves better. “

Representative Brian Higgins (D.N.Y.), who serves as chairman of the Northern Border Caucus and the Canada-US Interparliamentary Group, also criticized the expansion as “totally unnecessary and unexplained”.

“It is welcome news that the White House is making progress on international public health measures to protect air travelers. Yet it is inexplicable that no announcement is being made today of easing travel restrictions at land ports of entry because the livelihoods of communities across the northern border depend on cross-border commerce,” Higgins said in a statement.

On 9 September, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Meyercas stated that the Delta version delayed the opening of the border.

“We expected that by now, we would have opened travel through the ports of entry, but sadly, due to the Delta version, we have been delayed to do so,” Meyerkas replied to a question from Buffalo News. .

“We certainly have the ability to reduce it or eliminate it sooner than later, if the data suggests to us,” Meyerkas said.

Zachary Steber contributed to this report.

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Lee High is a New York-based reporter for The Epoch Times.

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