Congressional Republicans and the Senate's top Democrat on Tuesday declared President Biden's decision to reopen the US land with the goal of Canada was "late " after months of pressure from communities and the proliferation of vaccines in both countries.
"For too long, residents of the North Country were denied access to family, travel and commerce. From now on, families can be reunited and our small businesses can be restored, ”said the president of the Republican Conference of the Chambre, Elise Stefanik, RN.Y .. Its district encompasses most of northern New York State and a significant portion of its land with Canada.
"This is a long overdue step, but it is an important first step in restoring confidence in our cross- relationship and our friendship with our Canadian partners ", Stefanik added.
Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, also reached the Biden the administration for how long the remained closed, even after Canada opened its to Americans.
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"Today is long - Overdue announcement is an excellent newsIt's for the Mainers who sorely missed having their Canadian parents at holiday celebrations, family functions and other milestone events, ”said Collins. "I have repeatedly called on the United States to ease its restrictions, and when Canadian officials began allowing fully vaccinated Americans to enter their country in August, I urged administration to reciprocate with similar demands and guarantees. "
Even Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., criticized the president for his inability to allow Canadians to enter the United States for months after Canada opened its to Americans.
"As Canada prepares to open the further next month, the United States is failing to reciprocate, jeopardizing an already tenuous recovery for thousands of businesses, families and communitiesn upstate New York, "Schumer said in July.
Then on Wednesday, Schumer again addressed veiled criticisms to the president about how long it took to open the .
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"Congratulations to President Biden for doing the right thing thing and the increase in cross- travel between Canada and the United States. Schumer said.
He added: "Very soon, the bond between New York and our northern neighbors will finally be restored, reuniting families, strengthening businesses and ending a frustrating cycle of waiting for all. those involved. "
The decision announced Tuesday by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas will allow Canadiansfully vaccinated to enter the United States through standard ports of entry in November. It also applies to the Mexican , although Republicans have criticized the administration for the fact that hundreds of thousands of migrants have crossed that in recent months even though it was externally closed.
"In alignment with the new international air transport system that will be implemented in November, we will begin to allow travelers from Mexico and Canada who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter to the United States for non-essential purposes, including visiting friends and family or for sightseeing, via land crossings and by ferry, "Mayorkas said in a statement.
Starting in January, DHS said, the voyForeign agents will need proof of vaccination to enter the United States. But Senator Steve Daines, R-Mont., Said on Wednesday he wanted the president to remove all restrictions on who can cross the Canadian .
"While I am happy to see President Biden take this first step to reopen the Canada-U.S. for vaccinated Canadians, I urge him to end all restrictions and fully reopen the northern : the people of Montana depend on it, "Daines said.
Fox News 'Chad Pergram contributed to this report.