The US government on March 20 completed an agreement with our neighbors to the north and the south to put in place travel restrictions toughest we have ever had in our common border.
It was done while recognizing that Canada, Mexico, and the US all-important trading partners respectively and which inhibit a large amount of trade between us is the last thing that any rational person could want.
This is the moment in which we live, and it’s the right step.
Obviously, all this has happened in the worldwide response COVID 19th savaging coronavirus pandemic North America and around the world. travel restrictions have gone up everywhere, and now American and bound two closest neighbors all in as well.
Agreement (the “Joint Statement of the US-Canada Joint Initiative: Restrictions While
Travelers Crossing the US-Canada land border for the Purposes of Non-Essential” and “Joint Statement on the US-Mexico Joint Initiative to Combat COVID-19 Pandemic”) is the second 30-day special provisions which would severely restrict the traffic of tourism and recreation but will leave an important trade and an important trade/travel is not affected.
What does it mean?
Frankly, hundreds of thousands of citizens of the three countries that cross back and forth between our benign mutual border to shop, vacation, to visit friends and family, and to conduct business from the comfort will be massively disrupted. their journey will wear the 30-day (at least) continue, possibly longer.
All travel will be allowed to continue, but one expects it will be slower because people checked (in both directions) for signs of the virus.
Make no mistake: This is not a unilateral policy on the part of one of the three giant partners. All three national governments in complete agreement that this needs to be done.
Spreading COVID-19 must be controlled, and reduce the likelihood of contact is the means only method we now have. At the same time, national leaders must minimize damage (already large) that all virus-mitigation policy does for our respective economies.
Both complement each other, bilateral agreements are a good shot to achieve that balance.
There will be three camps in the face of two joint initiatives. The majority, in the middle, will understand and hope for the best. But at one end of the spectrum, some critics will claim that it is a gross overreaction and that it would kill our economy each. The other end will require that the two borders (about 2,500 miles and almost 5,000 miles) closed and “sealed.”
The middle way is the right way to go.
There will undoubtedly be some tweaking over the next few weeks to get the implementation of initiatives to achieve their maximum effectiveness, but we’re on the right path.
The Government of Canada, Mexico, and the United States must be recognized as having tried to “thread the needle” to protect our citizens without throttling each of our mixed economies. Getting it right is important.
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