On Thursday, truckers and others opposed to vaccine mandates and similar public health policies blocked access to three United States-Canada border crossings -- those in Michigan, North Dakota, and Montana.
Border Crossings Blocked
As reported by The Guardian, the protests and blockades have slowed the movement of goods and caused a number of production issues.
Ford, on the other hand, is allegedly considering flying in certain auto parts to its plant in Windsor -- the plant produces engines for several popular models.
Fourth Border Crossing
A fourth border crossing might be blocked as well.
Some U.S.-based truckers have vowed to support their Canadian colleagues, suggesting they could send two convoys to the border crossing that connects Buffalo, New York, and Fort Erie, Ontario this weekend.
US Urges Canadian Government To Act
Top officials in the Biden administration are urging the Canadian government to act and crack down on the protests.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg both strongly urged their Canadian counterparts to "use federal powers to resolve this situation at our joint border."
Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in response that he is working to end the blockades, because they hurt "regular Canadians whether it’s grocery store prices, whether it’s jobs lost or suspended, whether it’s supply chains disrupted."
Protesters Aren't Giving Up
Despite intense pressure and threats from the Canadian government, the protesters are not backing down.
"I want all these mandates gone, and I'm not leaving until all the mandates are gone. So, I am here for the long haul. They can try get rid of us, but we're not leaving," Ottawa protester Dylan Friesen told CNN.
Quebec protester Samuel Gauthier, who is unvaccinated, said he supports the truckers because the mandates have made it impossible for him to access businesses.
"I can't go skiing, I can't go to Walmart, I can't go to Canadian tire, I can't go to Home Depot, I can't go to restaurants, I can't go to bars, I can't go to the gym," he said.