Local leaders are coming together to push for the United States and Canada to develop a framework for a phased reopening of the border. 

Since March, four bi-national agreements have extended the border closure. The latest moved it back until July 21.

Under the order, only essential travel is allowed. 29 members of Congress wrote a letter to the acting secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Canadian Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.  

In the letter, they are asking the two countries to craft a comprehensive framework for a phased reopening of the border. Additionally, they want consideration of interim measures that would ease restrictions on family members and property owners. 

Members also point out the uncertainty that comes with repeated temporary border restrictions.