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Northern New England reps urge US-Canadian border reopening

In this photo taken Sunday, May 17, 2020, a truck from Canada heads to the single open lane...
In this photo taken Sunday, May 17, 2020, a truck from Canada heads to the single open lane heading into the U.S. at the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine, Wash. Canada and the U.S. have agreed to extend their agreement to keep the border closed to non-essential travel to June 21, 2021 (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)(Elaine Thompson | AP)
Updated: Jun. 10, 2021 at 6:43 PM EDT
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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - The U.S. representatives from Northern New England, including Maine’s Chellie Pingree and Jared Golden, are urging the Department of Homeland Security to safely reopen the U.S.-Canadian border, noting that Canadian tourists are vital contributors to the region’s economy.

The Democrats, led by Annie Kuster of New Hampshire, wrote to Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on Thursday.

They said Canadian tourists spend $19 billion on average in the United States, including $500 million across northern New England.

They said allowing vaccinated tourists to travel between the two countries will spur job creation on either side of the border and keep both economies on the path to recovery.

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