Residents on both sides of the border have pushed for the reopening, and more than 2,800 people have joined a private Facebook group organized by an advocacy group Let Us Reunite to push for looser border policies.
One of the members of the group is Heather Kienle, an American citizen who lives in Montreal. Crossing the border was not a problem for Mrs. Kienle, but her Canadian husband Etienne Bouchard cannot.
Ms. Kienle, who is six months pregnant, often drives alone or with her four-year-old daughter for more than eight hours to West Babylon, NY, to care for her mother, who has endometrial cancer.
“It was just very stressful because I had to travel alone, without my husband, and I had to take care of my daughter in the back seat,” said Ms. Kienle on Wednesday.
US politicians from both parties have also spoken out against the restrictions.
Brian Higgins, a congressman representing a borough in western New York bordering Canada, said in a statement Wednesday that “today’s decision by the Biden administration is damaging economic recovery and harming families across America’s northern border; that is completely unnecessary. “
Mexican officials recently expressed hope that the United States would agree to open their common border. A vaccination program in northern Mexico has also been ramped up. “We are working to ensure that the economic and social activity on the border can be regulated as quickly as possible,” Mexico’s Foreign Minister Marcelo Ebrard told Forbes Mexico this month.
American citizens can travel to Mexico for any reason – to buy cheaper goods, get access to cheaper health care, or because they live in Mexico and commute to work in the US – but the border closure has resulted in many companies losing customers and were forced to close.