Frustration mounts as U.S. extends border shutdown

WASHINGTON (The Buffalo News) — Frustration at the Biden administration boiled over Wednesday among advocates of reopening the U.S.-Canadian border after the U.S. extended its travel restrictions between the two countries for a 17th month.

“As Canada prepares to further open the border next month, the United States is failing to reciprocate, jeopardizing an already tenuous recovery for thousands of businesses, families and communities across Upstate New York,” said Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer, a New York Democrat who vowed to do “everything in my power” to open the border.

Dottie Gallagher, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership, said it was “illogical” to continue to close the land border when Canadians and Americans have long been able to fly between the two countries.

“I just don’t understand what this accomplishes,” she said. “I only understand that this is doing absolute harm to the businesses in our region.”

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