October 13, 2021


WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Immigration Policy Jon Baselice released the following statement today on the amended DHS regulations to allow non-essential travelers who have been fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and have appropriate paperwork to enter the U.S.:

“The Chamber welcomes the Biden Administration’s plans to allow fully vaccinated ‘non-essential’ travelers to enter the U.S. from both Canada and Mexico through our land ports and ferry crossings. However, for border communities, the label ‘non-essential’ is wrong: jobs across a host of trades depend on the flow of travelers across our shared borders, and this shift will allow long separated families to reunite after many months apart. Safely lifting these travel bans will help struggling communities get back on their feet.”