Peters Statement on Reopening of Northern Border to Vaccinated Travelers

 DETROIT, MI – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, released the following statement after the Biden Administration announced they will allow vaccinated travelers to enter the United States through land ports of entry:

“I’m pleased that President Biden has put forward a public plan that will safely reopen northern land ports of entry to vaccinated travelers. There is no question travel restrictions at our Northern Border have caused significant disruptions and challenges for Michigan’s cross-border communities and binational families.

“Today’s announcement from the Administration means businesses, workers, and all Michiganders will once again safely benefit from increased travel at our Northern Border. As Chairman of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, I’ll continue working to ensure our borders remain secure and accessible for safe trade and travel.”

Last month, Peters joined a group of his Northern Border Senate colleagues in a letter to President Biden, urging his administration to open the U.S.-Canada border to vaccinated travelers by October. Peters has additionally raised Northern Border restriction concerns directly with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, including at a hearing last month.