US Border Restrictions on Canadians Take Heavy Economic Toll on Michigan Border Community

PORT HURON, Mich.—The economy of Port Huron, Michigan, a riverside border town of 29,000, has been devastated by what many here call the “unreasonable” 17-month long ban on Canadian shoppers. Retail shoppers were deemed “non-essential” travelers when the border between the United States and Canada was shut down in March of 2020 due to the CCP Virus (Chinese Communist Party) virus. “Non-essential to whom?” is the question being asked by many Port Huron area retailers. One such merchant is Demiree Fultz, the owner-operator of a ladies’ clothing boutique in downtown Port Huron. “We started freaking out when the pandemic struck,” Fultz told the Epoch Times. “When they shut down the border, we lost all of our Canadian customers. This really hurt us. We had to scramble just to survive. At peak season, 50 percent of our clients are Canadian.” Emily Lask, the manager of a downtown family shoe and accessory …

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