Point Roberts residents want border restrictions lifted

POINT ROBERTS, Wash. (AP) — A fire chief is warning of a looming “humanitarian crisis” on the peninsula of Point Roberts in northwest Washington state. It’s a predicament brought on by pandemic-related restrictions on crossing the U.S.-Canada border. Point Roberts is a geographic oddity whose only overland connection to the rest of the U.S. goes through the suburbs of Vancouver, Canada. Community leaders argue there is no reason to restrict their border crossing anymore given that nearly everyone living on the five square mile peninsula is fully vaccinated. But last week, the Canadian government extended the nonessential border crossing ban for another month through July 21.