It has been nearly a year since the border to Canada was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Now, a bipartisan effort led by New York Congressional Representatives Brian Higgins and Elise Stefanik aims to ease restrictions and eventually reopen the border.
In a letter to president Joe Biden, a plan is outlined to work with the Canadian government to establish a bilateral plan for restoring travel. The letter also calls for plans to allow for families to safely reunite and develop a policy for international property owners.
Additionally, the reopening plan calls for prioritizing vaccine and testing efforts for Customs and Border Patrol staff.
The letter, signed by a bipartisan coalition of 24 members of Congress, says in part:
When fully operational, the border serves as a gateway for more than 400,000 people and nearly $2 billion worth of goods daily.