Lawmakers in the northern states are aghast at the fee proposal and are vowing to defeat it. Some, such as Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vermont, are going even further by sponsoring an amendment to the immigration reform bill that would prevent Homeland Security from even studying the economic consequences of a fee.
Despite all this, it’s sort of a slap in the face to our northern neighbors. Canada has always been a local ally to the U.S. and travel between the two countries has always been open and robust. There has got to be a better way to raise money for Homeland Security.
The AP reports that the proposal is probably dead for 2014 but could roar back due to expensive border security measures implemented since Sept. 11, 2001. The fee should be a last resort so as to keep the economic engine humming along the north border and not take advantage of our Canadian neighbors.
In summary Canada has always been a local ally to the U.S. and travel between the two countries has always been open and robust.