POINT ROBERTS, Washington – For more than a year and a half, non-essential travel across America’s land borders has been virtually non-existent. Cross-border families were unable to see one another.
Christina Winkler from the BBC stated, “I don’t think there was any consideration about the effects it would have for the families.” International Peace Arch Association. “It was just that, we’re closing it down.”
It has been impossible to cross the border to visit a relative since then.
Galen Wood came to the rescue.
She said, “It was a little suspense.”
Wood leads the board Circle of careAn organization located in Point Roberts. The organization provides assistance to the elderly by providing meals, chores and transportation to appointments.
Wood states that Circle of Care was put under additional pressure because the relatives were unable to come. “The isolation has been very difficult. And I think it has taken its toll on people’s behavior and on their perspective and outlook.”
Point Roberts is only bordered by water. It shares no land border with Canada. Families were almost cut off when the border was closed to tourists in March 2013.
“The families – half of them live on the Canadian side, the other half here – they haven’t been able to see each other during most of this pandemic and are sometimes stuck, to put it better, in five square miles of the United States. States under 49e [parallel]Christopher Carleton, Point Roberts’ Fire Chief Whatcom County Fire Department 5.
He claimed that families could win by choosing resilience, even up against the wall.
Chief Carleton stated that there is a Monument Park and it is separated by a stone wall. “And, you know, there have been a lot of families that have gathered there. So at least they were able hug and see each others.”
Family relationships will be able to flourish again with land borders opening fully on November 8.
Wood stated, “It’s going be a Godsend for families.”
However, elected leaders at all levels should also learn from the experience and try to prevent another one.
Chief Carleton stated, “We hope that the laws can be changed in the future. That this never happens again.”