Washington, D.C.  – Congresswoman Elise Stefanik, Co-Chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, released the following statement on the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that the Northern Border non-essential travel restrictions have been extended to February 21, 2020:

“As Co-Chair of the Congressional Northern Border Caucus, I have worked diligently with the Department of Homeland Security, local elected officials, and our counterparts in Canada on the safe reopening of the US-Canadian border. While today’s announcement of another 30-day extension was expected, I am pleased that the Department of Homeland Security has laid out new conditions that could be used to ease restrictions for residents and business owners in the North Country, such as considering the degree of health risk indicated in the Center for Disease Control’s Travel Health Notice for Canada and Mexico, the public health conditions in the relevant border localities, including those in the North Country, and the staffing levels of local Border Patrol Officers. We are now closer to a viable, long-term solution on this important issue, and I am committed to working with the incoming Administration to implement a comprehensive plan to safely reopen the border.”