Signs hanging at the entrance way to Canada via rainbow bridge, on Wednesday, March 18, 2020, in Niagara falls, new York, President of Donald trump and the canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau agreed to close the US-Canada border non-essential travel in order to slow the spread of the coronavirus, but the trade will not suffer. (AP photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

(WSYR-TV) — many members of Congress insist on leadership that will be developed so that, when the us-canadian border can be reopened, which was closed after March 24, except as necessary in everyday life.

As co-chairs of the Northern border group, the representative Elise Stefanik (Republican, new York-21) and representative Brian Higgins (D-NY-26) are in the forefront of efforts to develop guidance along the border, and many of their colleagues have shown their support.

Since the border was originally closed on March 24, the closure was extended for 30 days, four separate times, and Congress wanted guidance designed to when the closure would end.

In the instructions, which were provided by the government, has caused a lot of stress for people who have family or property on the other side of the border.

Members of Congress who signed the letter requesting the recommendation of opening the borders, we need a phased approach.

In a letter to acting Secretary of the US Department of national security and the Candian Prime Minister public safety and emergency says: “We ask that the United States and Canada to immediately adopt a comprehensive basis for the phased opening of the border on the basis of objective indicators and given the various situations in the border regions. In addition, we ask you to consider any provisional measures that may be suitable for bilateral loosen restrictions on family members and property owners, including property in the U.S. available only through the crossing of borders in order to restore social ties which unite our peoples.”

27 was congressmembers Rep. Stefanik and Rep. Higgins on the letter, including representative Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22), representative Tom reed (R, NY-23) and representative John Katko (R-NY-24).

Under the current restrictions at the border, is allowed only necessary travel.

Essential travel includes the following:

  • U.S. citizens returning to the US
  • Persons travelling for medical purposes
  • Individual tourists to visit educational institutions or works
  • People travelling for emergency or the government response
  • Individuals engaged in legitimate cross-border trade (e.g., truck drivers)
  • Members of the military

In the United States and Canada share the largest land border between the two countries in the world. More than 400,000 people and goods amounting to more than $ 1.6 billion crosses the border every day, when it is open.

There is also limit trips to the us-Mexican borderwhich expires on July 22.

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