Residents on both sides of the border have pushed for reopening and more than 2,800 people have joined a closed Facebook group organized by Let Us Reunite, an advocacy group, to push for more relaxed border policies.
One of the members of the group is Heather Kienle, an American citizen living in Montreal. Crossing the border was no problem for Mrs Kienle, but her Canadian husband, Etienne Bouchard, was not.
So Ms. Kienle, who is six months pregnant, often drives more than eight hours alone or with her four-year-old daughter to West Babylon, NY, to care for her mother, who has endometrial cancer.
“It was just really stressful because I had to travel alone, without my husband, and I had to take care of my daughter in the back seat,” Ms Kienle said Wednesday.
American politicians from both parties have also objected to the restrictions.
Brian Higgins, a congressman representing a western New York district bordering Canada, said in a statement Wednesday that “Today’s decision by the Biden administration hurts economic recovery and hurts families across America’s northern border; this is not necessary at all.”
Mexican officials had recently expressed hope that the United States would agree to open their common border. A vaccination program was also stepped up in northern Mexico. “We are working on this so that economic and social activity at the border can be regularized as soon as possible,” Mexican Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told Forbes Mexico this month.
U.S. citizens can travel to Mexico for any reason — to buy cheaper goods, access cheaper health care, or because they live in Mexico and commute to work in the U.S. — but the closure of the border has meant many companies have lost customers and have been forced to close.