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Longer Canada-U.S. border closure 'realistic' approach: immigration lawyer

Last Updated Sep 15, 2020 at 6:24 pm PDT

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Summary

A new report by Reuters says the U.S.-Canada border may stay closed until the end of November

Families separated by the border might not be able to celebrate Thanksgiving together

An immigration attorney argues keeping the border closed until the end of the year is realistic

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Pumpkin pie might be a little less sweet this fall for families separated by the border who may not get to celebrate Thanksgiving together.

Reuters reports it has spoken with two sources who say the Canada-U.S. border might stay shut for both Canadian and American Thanksgiving.

The current border closure runs out Sept. 21, and has been previously renewed on a monthly basis.

Len Saunders, an immigration attorney in Blaine, Washington says going beyond the 30-day-at-a-time border closures are a step in the right direction.

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“If they’re going to extend for two or three months, I think that’s more realistic so that people can plan,” he says.

He says he understands why Canadian citizens would be hesitant to open borders, considering the scale of coronavirus cases in the U.S.

“It’s not just dozens or hundreds every day, it’s tens of thousands. I believe it gives both the Canadian government and Canadians concern about opening the border.”

Noting cases are spiking in B.C. and the rest of Canada, he argues closing the border until the end of the year is a more realistic approach for governments to take before reassessing another extension.

The border has been closed to non-essential travel since March 21.