Trump’s Move To Make It Harder for U.S. Vehicles to Cross Canada/U.S. border could deal “Devastating Blow” to Economy

Cars and trucks lined up to clear homeland security on the U.S. side of the Peace Bridge

“Over 16.8 million truck and passenger vehicle crossings occurred on New York bridges in 2018, including more than 11.79 million right here on Western New York’s four northern border bridges. This (Trump) … threatens the future viability of Western New York’s commerce, auto manufacturing, health care and cultural economies that are highly dependent of predictable and efficient access to and from Southern Ontario. … Make no mistake, the White House actions will directly and indirectly hurt all of us.”                                                                                                       – Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

A Statement from U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins, Buffalo, New York

Posted February 7th, 2020 on Niagara At Large

On Trump Administration Policy Excluding All New Yorkers from New Enrollment in Trusted Traveler Program

Trump is now moving to make it harder for Americans, including commercial vehicles, to cross Canada/U.S. borders like the Peace Bridge

“White House actions against New York and Western New York trusted travelers are punitive and unacceptable. We are already receiving calls from Western New York residents in the final stages of trusted traveler enrollment who are being turned away today, and others confused as a result of this hasty, heavy handed and ill-conceived decision.

“Over 16.8 million truck and passenger vehicle crossings occurred on New York bridges in 2018, including more than 11.79 million right here on Western New York’s four northern border bridges.

“This policy deals a devastating blow to the New York and United States economy, threatens the future viability of Western New York’s commerce, auto manufacturing, health care and cultural economies that are highly dependent of predictable and efficient access to and from Southern Ontario. Make no mistake, the White House actions will directly and indirectly hurt all of us.

“There is no reason why law-abiding Americans and northern border commerce should be collateral damage in this policy dispute.  We are calling on the State and Federal governments to negotiate in good faith to allow for a return to reliable border operations.”

Here is the Text of U.S. Congressman Brian Higgins’ letter on this matter, dated February 6th, 2020, to Trump official Mark Morgan –

Hon. Mark A. Morgan  Acting Commissioner U.S. Customs and Border Protection  1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW    Washington, DC 20229    

RE: LAW-ABIDING AMERICANS AND NORTHERN BORDER COMMERCE MUST NOT BE COLLATERAL DAMAGE FROM A POLICY DISPUTE.

 Dear Commissioner Morgan:

Buffalo, New York area Congressman Brian Higgins

The interests of law-abiding Americans and the significant and important commerce of the northern border should not be collateral damage in the divisive and bitter politics of the moment.  

 On the one hand, the State of New York blocking a Customs and Border Protection officers from quickly determining the criminal record of a driver at their booth is unreasonable and injurious to the safety and security of the United States and the State of New York. On the other hand, CBP punishing law-abiding residents of New York over policy disagreements with the state government is an ill-conceived intervention and itself contravenes federal law.

I write today to call on CBP to negotiate with the State government in good faith to find a way to use the exceptions spelled out in state law to provide CBP officers with the instant access to the information they need to identify individuals entering the United States, and to immediately resume registrations in the NEXUS, Global Entry and FAST programs, to facilitate the vital flow of commerce at the Northern Border.

Trucks and cars lined up on the Peace Bridge that carries billions of dollars worth of goods back and forth each year.

In 2018, Western New York’s four international bridges saw nearly 12 million crossings, and all of New York State’s international bridges combined saw almost 17 million crossings.  The trusted traveler programs are legally sound and are proven to promote economic development, business investment and tourism between WNY and Southern Ontario. The jobs created and investment made due to safe, efficient movement of goods, services and people are essential for WNY’s continued economic growth.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection has an obligation to resolve its dispute with the government of the State of New York in a way which does not injure law-abiding Americans and legitimate commerce.

Sincerely,, Brian Higgins Member of Congress

For a link to Congressman Brian Higgin’s letter, click on – file:///C:/Users/owner/AppData/Local/Temp/FEB%206%20REP%20HIGGINS%20TO%20CBP.pdf

Read what The Buffalo News has recently published on this serious matter by clicking on – https://buffalonews.com/2020/02/07/as-border-disaster-looms-politicians-bicker-over-green-light-law/

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One response to “Trump’s Move To Make It Harder for U.S. Vehicles to Cross Canada/U.S. border could deal “Devastating Blow” to Economy

  1. All part of Trump’s vendetta. Seven of America’s career diplomats have quit or been fired as part of COMRADE Trump’s purge. It is a purge. Why? They dared to testify in Congress UNDER OATH and TELL THE TRUTH. He even mocked a man of faith, Romney, for a single vote guided by his conscience, a quantity Trump lacks, and did so at a prayer breakfast!

    How sad that he also fired Lt Col Vindman, a decorated war veteran (and his brother who had no involvement at all in the impeachment!). This honorable man was an immigrant from Russia who prefaced his testimony with a letter to his father saying “Don’t worry, I can tell the truth in America and not be punished. You did the right thing coming to America”.

    Now with this bonehead move Trump is getting back at New York State, represented by the dastardly Congressman Chuck Schumer, who dared assist in his impeachment. Trump’s mentality is stunted in teenage bully mode. He cannot seem to visualize the repercussions of his actions, in this instance for the local, national and global economy and disruption of people’s lives, or simply just doesn’t care.

    What will this creep do in the remainder of 2020 or, God forbid, if he gets reelected?….which very possibly will happen because he is a career con man (mobster). Although I intentionally have refused to cross the border for over three years, many people’s lives and jobs will be effected because cross border traffic and commerce is essential to them.

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