US-Canadian border to remain closed until late-September

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Photo credit Peace Bridge Plaza (American side). October 17, 2018. (WBEN Photo/Mike Baggerman)

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - The US-Canadian border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least September 21, according to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.

"We continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19," Wolf wrote Friday morning on Twitter. "Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21."

US/Canada border remains CLOSED through September 21. https://t.co/fXrBDF38Hc

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Congressman Brian Higgins issued this statement: “On full display for the entire world to see is the Trump Administration’s abject failure to lead.  This lack of leadership is keeping families apart, straining the relationship with our closest allies, and contributing to unnecessary deaths. We would love for the border to reopen but we certainly expected this decision. Unless and until our President takes this pandemic seriously and employs policies that protect Americans and support assistance to help communities, I’m afraid we are facing a long, tough road ahead.”

Under the current order, “essential travel” includes:

•        US citizens returning to the US

•        Individuals traveling for medical purposes

•        Individuals traveling to attend educational institutions or work

•        Individuals traveling for emergency or government response

•        Individuals engaged in lawful cross-border trade (e.g. cargo drivers)

•        Members of the military