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Leahy, Owens oppose US-Canada border fee

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Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy has joined the fight against a border fee.

The Department of Homeland Security last month proposed a study to assess the "feasibility and cost" of collecting a fee from people crossing by land into the U.S. from Canada.

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Julie Grant
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In a press release, Leahy says he introduced an amendment this week to the Border Security, Economic Opportunity and Immigration Modernization Act.  It would bar creation of a border fee.

North Country Congressman Bill Owens says Leahy's amendment is "spot on."  In his own press release, Owens says he's joined other Congress members opposing the study and any new fees.

Garry Douglas, president of the North Country Chamber of Commerce, tells the Plattsburgh Press Republican that a border fee could seriously damage commerce in the region.

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