Officials plead Biden for help with Point Roberts
Last updated 10/1/2021 at 2:37pm
In back to back appeals, both U.S. senator Patty Murray and governor Jay Inslee have asked President Joe Biden to personally intervene and allow the border in Point Roberts to be open to vaccinated Canadians.
First up was Patty Murray who spoke on the senate floor September 23 and called on the Biden administration to open up the Point Roberts border to non-essential traffic.
"I'm here on the Senate floor today to make sure that President Biden and his administration understand me. At the very least, we need an emergency exemption from these restrictions for the Point Roberts community – and that exemption is long overdue," Murray said.
She continued, "I greatly appreciate the administration's science-based approach to the Covid-19 pandemic – we have to follow the science and the evidence – and I'm proud we have taken Covid-19 extremely seriously from the very start in Washington state," said Murray. "But I firmly believe that the evidence supports, at least, a narrow and tailored exception to the Canadian border closure to allow for a reopening of the Point Roberts port of entry to Canadian travel. I have yet to be presented with a compelling reason why a border exemption for Point Roberts has not yet been provided.
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