Trump made the announcement over Twitter on Wednesday morning. “We will be, by mutual consent, temporarily closing our Northern Border with Canada to non-essential traffic,” Trump wrote.
“Trade will not be affected. Details to follow!” he added.
Trump had already imposed new restrictions on the U.S.-Mexico border, citing coronavirus concerns. All asylum-seekers and migrants will be returned to Mexico to avoid overcrowding in U.S. detention facilities and immigration courts.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday closed his country’s borders to all travelers except those from the U.S.
Canadian citizens are expected to be able to return home despite the border shutdown.
“We recognize that the level of integration of our two economies and the coordination that we’ve had over the past while puts the U.S. in a separate category from the rest of the world,” Trudeau said Monday, announcing the new restrictions on travel.
Canada and the U.S. are vital trading partners. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75% of its exports. Much of Canada’s food supply comes from the U.S., and the U.S. needs Canadian oil imports. Shutting down the border to trade would have a substantial impact on both countries.