Although there has been no official word, two senior sources at Blaine’s port of entry told local immigration attorney Len Saunders on May 25 that the United States intended to ” unilaterally open the unrestricted land border between the United States and Canada on June 22.
Another senior CBP officer also independently confirmed the news. Despite the lack of official confirmation from the Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC, a number of CBP agents have independently confirmed that they have been given word to prepare for a full opening next month. It also appears to be a common sabotage among regular CBP and Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) line officers. The current border closure order has been extended from May 20 to June 21.
The border was closed to non-essential traffic on March 20, 2020. At the same time, the United States also suspended biometric processing at e-SAFE points of entry for non-essential travel and extended the suspension each month by coordination with the border. closing.
Biometric processing requires people who submit electronic immigration files to go to designated ports of entry to obtain photographs and fingerprints. On Tuesday, May 25, local immigration lawyers were informed that biometric processing had resumed, with immediate effect.
Saunders declined to publicly identify his first source, but said, “He has been very reliable in the past and is in a position to know that. Saunders said the other two sources are equally reliable. There have been incomplete rumors circulating in government circles in recent days about upcoming changes to border restrictions, but nothing specific.
If correct, the U.S. move will put considerable pressure on Canada to consider easing border restrictions at a time when provincial governments are still blocking their residents. Travel from one part of British Columbia to another is still prohibited, as is interprovincial travel. Regardless, with Canadians keen to return to their cabins in the United States or to vacation destinations, the Canadian government will find it difficult to cope with returning residents who do not want to undergo the 14-day quarantine as it currently is. required. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau recently said the border would not be opened until 75% of Canadians received at least one dose of a Covid-19 vaccine.
During a phone call to Bulletin of all points On May 26, Windsor, Ont. Mayor Drew Dilkens said that the reopening of the border had made scores of people happy and that he expected thousands of Ontario residents to rush south of the border to get vaccinated as soon as the border reopens. Within 60 minutes of their return, he prophesied, Canada’s quarantine system would come to a screeching halt.
Absent some form of easing from the Canadian government, the US move will not improve the ability of Point Roberts residents to access the mainland for non-essential purposes.
This will, however, allow Canadians who own cabins in Birch Bay, Point Roberts and other areas to enter the United States for access. In addition, once there, they will be able to take advantage of the Covid-19 vaccinations available from the various service providers.
At the time of going to press, calls requesting information from CBP, CBSA and US federal politicians had not been returned.