Chuck Schumer visits Sackets Harbor, pushes for border reopening

Published: Jul. 6, 2021 at 12:30 PM EDT
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SACKETS HARBOR, New York (WWNY) - Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer was in Sackets Harbor Tuesday to double down on calling for the U.S.-Canada border to reopen.

Schumer said U.S officials are on board and ready to reopen, but the Canadian government has continued to push back and delay the process.

In response, Schumer is asking the U.S government to take action if a new deal can not be reached between the two countries by the border’s current reopening date on July 21, calling for expanding the list of essential travel to include those in Canada who are fully vaccinated.

“They’ll come here to Sackets Harbor and many of the other towns, particularly on the water in Jefferson County, and eat in the restaurants, shop in the stores, help our local economy. So, we need them here,” said Schumer (D. - NY).

Schumer also stressed the unfairness of reports that the Canadian government is considering an additional tax on under utilized vacation properties despite not allowing American property owners to access their Canadian properties.

The border between Canada and the U.S. remains closed to all nonessential travel. The restrictions were announced in March 2020 in the early months of the pandemic and have been extended every month since.

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