Border Closures With Canada And Mexico Extended Another 30 Days

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(ConservativePeak.com)- The United States will extend its border closures with its two neighbors another 30 days.
The Department of Homeland Security announced Tuesday that the borders to both Canada and Mexico would remain closed through June 22. In a statement, the acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, said:
“The President has made it clear that we must continue to keep legitimate, commercial trade flowing while limiting those seeking to enter our country for non-essential purposes. Non-essential travel will not be permitted until this administration is convinced that doing so is safe and secure.
“We have been in contact with our Canadian and Mexican counterparts, and they also agree that extending these restrictions is prudent at this time. We appreciate our partnership with Mexico and Canada in ensuring that North America is working together to combat the ongoing global pandemic.”
Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada, confirmed that partnership during a press conference he held Tuesday. He said:
“It was the right thing to further extend by 30 days our closure of the Canada-U.S. border to travelers other than essential services and goods, but we will continue to watch carefully what’s happening elsewhere in the world and around us as we make decisions on next steps.”
Trudeau further said there was a push from provinces throughout Canada to extend the restrictions because the border’s a place of “vulnerability,” according to the Canadian Broadcasting Company, which interpreted the French portion of Trudeau’s broadcast.
Travel was first limited with Canada starting in mid-March “by mutual consent,” according to a tweet President Donald Trump sent March 18. The initial restriction was for 30 days, but that has since been extended twice now.
According to the State Department, the restrictions don’t “apply to air, rail or sea travel at this time, but does apply to commuter rail and ferry travel.”
When the order was extended for another 30 days back on April 18, Trudeau said:
“It will ensure we continue to get essential goods and services back and forth across the border. We will continue to take the measures necessary to keep Canadians safe while ensuring the continued flow of our essential supply chains on which so many Canadians depend.”
Those workers who have been deemed essential — such as airline crews, truck drivers and health-care professionals — have been allowed to continue to travel from Canada to the U.S. and vice versa. Normally, roughly 200,000 people cross the border on a daily basis.
As far as the border with Mexico, essential travel between the two countries — including for people attending educational institutions, emergency response and/or public health purposes, trade and medical purposes — would continue to be allowed.
Travel between Mexico and the United States was first restricted back in mid-March as well. That initial 30-day closure has been extended a few times now, just as it has with Canada.
At the end of the current extensions, government officials from all sides will assess the situation and discuss next steps.