Reading of the Mendicino-Mayorkas meeting makes no mention of the travel imbalance between Canada and the United States
WASHINGTON – Canada’s Immigration Minister discussed Canada-U.S. Border issues with the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Monday.
But the federal government’s official report of the meeting between Marco Mendicino and Alejandro Mayorkas, released Tuesday evening, makes no mention of the current imbalance in travel between the two countries.
The reading says the pair discussed managing what they call a “secure border that allows for necessary travel as pandemic border restrictions begin to ease.”
Monday marked the first day in nearly 17 months that fully vaccinated U.S. citizens and permanent residents have been allowed to visit Canada.
Eligible U.S. visitors to Canada must have waited 14 days since their last dose of a vaccine approved by Health Canada, and must also show proof of a recent negative test for COVID-19.
The United States, however, will still not allow Canadians, vaccinated or not, to cross the land border into the United States for non-essential purposes.
The Ottawa reading describes the meeting between the two leaders “as a continuation of their first calling” in June.
They “discussed their continued commitment to protect the integrity of our common North American perimeter,” he said, “and to manage a secure border that allows for necessary travel as pandemic border restrictions begin to ease.” .
The meeting was touted as the next step in following up on commitments made by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Joe Biden in February when they developed a “road map” for a renewed bilateral partnership.
The deal specifically calls for “coordinated border policies” that control the virus and its variants “while promoting economic growth and recovery.”
Despite this, traffic at the Canada-U.S. Border was clearly one-way on Monday, causing long delays of several hours at some border crossings unaccustomed to large numbers of travelers. Those heists were all but gone by 7 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
Monday’s discussion also included global migration and refugees – “in particular, addressing the sources and challenges of forced displacement and irregular migration in Central America,” the text reads.
Ottawa says Mendicino also spent his time in Washington speaking about immigration and post-pandemic growth at the Migration Policy Institute and the World Bank.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 10, 2021.