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Ottawa, Canada puts up COVID-19 checkpoint. Americans worry draconian measures aren’t over – when will it end?

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Draconian coronavirus restrictions don’t appear to be going away. Despite ongoing progress with vaccinations against the virus, some government officials keep adding stricter regulations they say will curtail the spread.

But almost everyone is wondering when the government measures will end and question why restrictions are remaining in place if the vaccinations are successful in mitigating the spread of the disease.

In Canada, for instance, the Ottawa government has implemented checkpoints to stop traffic from Quebec from entering the city. Most Canadians are angry over the measures and feel they can’t do much to stop it. They, like their American counterparts, are concerned about civil liberties and government overreach.

One Canadian citizen responded to the post on Twitter by reminding people that “Section 9 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms; Everyone has the right not to be arbitrarily detained or imprisoned. These checkpoints are grossly illegal.”

In the United States, mask mandates continue despite vaccinations and regardless of immunity due to exposure to the COVID-19 virus. Moreover, many public schools and employers are still implementing the same restrictions that initially began during the lockdowns over a year ago when the virus first started to spread in the U.S.

In Canada, residents have voiced their frustrations over the strict regulations that at one point led to the arrest of family members who visited a relatives home despite the nation’s six person gathering rule.

From the Ottawa Citizen Monday:

Commuters were waiting an hour to get across interprovincial bridges as Ontario’s strict new stay-at-home order takes full effect. On the Quebec side, traffic on Highway 50 was backed up for several kilometres to la Vérendrye Boulevard.Ottawa police were not turning people around or ticketing on Monday, with stops initially aimed at “informing and sensitizing” people about the new restrictions.There are five bridges that connect Ottawa and Gatineau.Officers were also to be stationed at the Quyon and the Bourbonnais ferries.Ottawa police will question Ontario-bound travellers while Gatineau police are expected to screen those bound for Quebec, which has also announced interprovincial border control measures.

Here’s a video Tweet from journalist Michel Boyer, in Canada that shows the checkpoint.

https://twitter.com/HappyGreg4/status/1384159944056791042

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Biden Administration Expands Obamacare Coverage for ‘Dreamers’

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Friday morning the Biden administration announced it is expanding health-care access for “Dreamers”, a select group of illegal immigrants brought to the country as children. Illegal immigrants enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program will be granted access to health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, according to the White House. Beginning in November, DACA members will be able to apply for healthcare coverage on healthcare.gov and state level insurance marketplaces.

“I’m proud of the contributions of Dreamers to our country and committed to providing Dreamers the support they need to succeed,” President Joe Biden said in a prepared statement. “And that’s why today we are taking this historic step to ensure that DACA recipients have the same access to health care through the Affordable Care Act as their neighbors.”

National Review notes Biden was vice president when then-president Barack Obama created DACA through executive order over a decade ago. The program gives deportation protections and work visas to illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children. An estimated 580,000 people are enrolled in the program. Former president Donald Trump failed to put an end to DACA during his term and the program continues to be fought in court.

Over 100,000 DACA beneficiaries will purchase health insurance in the Health Insurance Marketplace and Basic Health Program created by the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services estimates. Access to Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program will not be incorporated into the White House’s new rule after Biden proposed doing so last year, according to National Review.

“Now as Vice President, I have worked alongside President Biden to take steps to preserve and fortify DACA. Today, we are building on this progress by ensuring DACA recipients also have access to affordable health care, which will improve the health of all communities,” Vice President Kamala Harris said in a prepared statement. “This announcement will bring relief to more than 100,000 people and help them thrive while working to achieve their aspirations.”

The White House did not share a cost estimate for the expansion of Obamacare to DACA recipients. They will be eligible for financial assistance to help them afford the health insurance DACA enrollees are now eligible to purchase.

Biden called for Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and to give Dreamers permanent citizenship. It’s unlikely that Congress will grant Biden’s wishes, given the failure of the Senate’s bipartisan immigration package earlier this year. Conservatives widely rejected the Senate’s proposal for not being tough enough on the southern border at a time when record levels of illegal immigrants are entering the country.

Immigration is a top issue for voters in the 2024 election because of the surge in border crossings under Biden’s watch. Polls indicate that Americans believe that Trump is better suited to handle the crisis at the southern border with his hardline approach.

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