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US won't move forward with Canada border fee, North Country relieved

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Leaders on both sides of the U.S.-Canada border are pleased that the U.S. isn't moving forward on a border crossing fee.

The Department of Homeland Security recently asked Congress to authorize a border fee study. The department wanted to charge everyone entering the U.S. by land from Canada and Mexico.

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The Senate judiciary committee voted last Thursday to ban the fee altogether, as part of the Immigration Reform Bill.

Vermont Senator Patrick Leahy chairs the committee.  On his website, he says a fee would stop Canadians from visiting the U.S. and could threaten trade and the economy.

Leaders from Ottawa to Niagara Falls are breathing a sigh of relief. An editorial in the Plattsburgh Press Republican Tuesday says, quote, "When it comes to the border, Homeland Security should stick to its area of expertise — security — and leave economics to other agencies."

Leahy's office tells the CBC that the bill still needs approval on the Senate floor, and in the House.

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