Lawmakers from struggling border districts pressure Biden to ease coronavirus travel restrictions

Lawmakers representing border districts say their communities are reeling from the economic effects of the yearlong ban on nonessential travel between Canada and Mexico and are calling on the Biden administration to reopen the northern and southern borders.

President Biden vowed days after arriving in Washington in January that he would look at easing border restrictions. The Trump administration announced on March 20, 2020, that recreational and tourist travel would immediately be blocked at all land ports of entry. That ban has been renewed every 30 days since then and is valid through March 19.

By last summer, politicians were pushing the Trump administration to look
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