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U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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Canada has officially extended the agreement to keep the U.S. border closed to non-essential travel to Oct. 21 during the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The border between Canada and the U.S. is staying closed to non-essential travelers for another month. The move places additional strain on border communities and businesses that rely on cross-border tourism and business.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The U.S. and Canada have agreed to keep their shared borders closed to non-essential traffic until at least late August because of COVID-19.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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The border between Canada and the U.S. will remain closed to non-essential travelers for another month.  While North Country interests had expected the border to remain closed, they are blasting federal officials for not crafting a plan for future opening.

Plattsburgh International Airport new concourse
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On Sunday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a travel advisory recommending residents of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut refrain from non-essential domestic travel for two weeks because of the high transmission of the coronavirus in the area. Days later, Spirit Airlines said it was suspending all flights to and from those states including airports at Niagara Falls and Plattsburgh.  Officials in New York’s North Country say the temporary loss of flights is not a surprise.

U.S. Canada border crossing at Champlain-LaColle
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President Trump announced via Twitter Wednesday morning that the U.S.-Canada border will be closed to all except essential travel.  While the move was not unexpected by border interests in northern New York, they want clarification regarding some provisions.

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The Mexican border has been getting all of the attention when it comes to immigration, but while officials say the numbers of people crossing are relatively small,  there's increasing concern over the growing number of foreigners entering the country illegally across the northern border with Canada.

Asylum seekers at Roxham Road
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Since Donald Trump became president and announced his immigration and refugee policies, thousands have been finding their way to Roxham Road in Champlain, New York to cross into Canada.  Even in frigid weather, the stream of people hasn’t stopped.  Volunteers on both sides of the border are offering help and reassurance.

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Congress has approved the Promoting Travel, Commerce and National Security Act of 2016, sending it to the president’s desk.  The measure creates a preclearance procedure for Amtrak passengers traveling across the Canadian border and shared clearance functions especially at small rural crossings.

Rouses Point border station
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Officials at one northern New York border crossing are advising commercial travelers and people in oversized vehicles to divert to an alternate crossing.

U.S. and Canadian flags
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The Plattsburgh North Country Chamber of Commerce has analyzed the volume of traffic traversing the U.S.-Canada border at Champlain to determine whether the exchange rate is having an impact on people traveling south.

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A long-awaited agreement has been signed between the U.S. and Canada to expedite movement of travelers across the border.

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The Department of Homeland Security is including in its 2014 budget a request for a feasibility study to charge people to cross the border.  Tourism, business and legislative interests in New York’s north country say the idea could harm economic ties between the U.S. and Canada.

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Business and tourism interests in northern New York are praising an announcement by Transport Canada, the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Department of Transportation, that up to 47-million dollars will be invested in infrastructure upgrades at the border crossing north of Plattsburgh.