North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum says continued border restrictions have gone from 'precautionary to preposterous'

The extension of the border closure, deemed necessary because of the risk of transmitting the coronavirus, was announced by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on July 21, and published by the Office of the Federal Register. The register makes available a wide variety of public documents.

“Given the outbreak and continued transmission and spread of COVID-19 within the United States and globally, the secretary has determined that the risk of continued transmission and spread of the virus associated with COVID-19 between the United States and Canada poses an ongoing ‘specific threat to human life or national interests,’” read a portion of the statement announcing the extension.

The announcement from DHS comes two days after the Canadian government said it would begin allowing vaccinated American travelers into the country on Aug. 9. U.S. and Canadian land border crossings have been closed since March 21, 2020, and re-upped every month since. The continued restrictions are set to expire at 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 21, “unless amended or rescinded prior to that time.”

North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum called the continued border restrictions have “crossed the line from precautionary to preposterous.”

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