United States Extends Border Restrictions with Canadians Until August 21

The United States will continue barring Canadians from entering the country until August 21.

Michigan State Representative Bill Huizenga said in a statement today, “The Biden Administration’s failure to develop a plan to reopen the border between the United States and Canada is not only embarrassing, it highlights President Biden’s inability to lead.”

Those in Sault Ste. Marie have also expressed their disappointment in the decision. “We’re very disappointed. We’re anxiously awaiting the opening of the border,” said Mayor Don Gerrie. “You look over my shoulder and you can see the city of Sault Ste. Marie Ontario. It’s a city that’s five times larger than ours. We share the same air, water, and resources. We should be open and we’re ready to welcome them.”

Executive Director of the Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce, Tony Haller said they’re seeing businesses take the impact of not seeing Canadians coming over to shop. “Things aren’t going as great as they could be without them,” he said. “I mean you have 80,000 people next door to us and when they come over here you can feel the impact it has on our businesses. The sooner we can get that border open, the better for all of us. Both ways I think, Canada and the U.S.

While the announcement today was a blow to the city, but there’s still hope Canada and the U.S. can refrain from any more extensions. “We’re ready for the border to be opened,” said Gerrie. “We’re disappointed in the decision to push it out another month and certainly hope there is some coordination between the two governments to get this moving along.”