Canadians are ready to adopt a small U.S. town that's cut off by border restrictions
Point Roberts has a unique border crossing; although the small town is actually part of the U.S., it shares its only land border with Canada — and the ongoing border closure is causing some issues for residents.
The town of about 1,300 people must normally commute 25 miles through British Columbia to get to the rest of Washington state.
As you might imagine, that's not exactly possible right now.
Last Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee even wrote a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressing the need for a "practical solution to this issue" which is creating "unique hardships" for Point Roberts residents.
Inslee particularly cited the academic difficulties that many students are facing being cut off from their schools, increased uncertainty for local businesses, and loved ones being kept apart.
And although Trudeau has yet to publicly respond to the letter, Canadians have come up with an innovative solution: adopting Point Roberts as part of Canada.
Yes we will help.— WCoaster (@WCoaster77) August 22, 2020
We will be willing to accept Point Roberts' secession from the United States into Canada with open arms.
Congratulations, Point Roberts! pic.twitter.com/1vOpVkn5Ad
Admittedly, this would require Point Roberts actually wanting to be part of Canada, but hey — we have chocolate smarties and Seth Rogen. What's not to love?
Point Roberts should be part of Canada just like the bottom of Vancouver Island is part of Canada— Puddin da witty pittie 🇨🇦 (@Flood_tech) August 24, 2020
"Hold a referendum asking residents if they want the peninsula to be part of the province of B.C. thus making the residence Canadian," a Calgary resident wrote.
"Ask the residents if they want to join Canada," an Ontario resident chimed in.
Even an American was on board, writing, "Unpopular opinion: just give Canada Point Roberts. This is such a ridiculous problem. The border is not straight in Ontario, just solve this problem and make this silly tiny land mass Canada already."
a single-issue voter and that issue is “canada should annex point roberts”— madeleine (@apostlebrawl) August 20, 2020
Most people are just joking, obviously, but you have to admit: Point Roberts, Canada has a good ring to it.
Point Roberts' situation also isn't entirely unique: Angle Township, Minnesota and Campobello Island, New Brunswick are both in similar boats.
Alaska is also famously cut off from the United States by land, sparking controversy in recent weeks as many Americans choose to drive through Canada to reach the far-flung state.
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