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blog by S.J. Velasquez  • 

A proposed study that would examine border-crossing fees has been nixed.

In April, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security announced plans to find funds for a study about a cross-border fee for foreigners entering America from the north—or, in our case, west—and south, but that study proposal has been squashed.

“This is a huge victory for Western New York and other communities across the Northern Border that rely on the seamless flow of people and goods between the U.S. and Canada to support our economies,” Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, said Wednesday after the House Homeland Security Committee approved his amendment to block the Department of Homeland Security’s proposal. “The fee would have put an unfair burden on residents who frequently travel across the border and the cost of the proposed study would have taken resources, already stretched thin, away from significantly more critical security needs.”

“This kind of a fee would be so chilling on an economy that’s trying to be on the rebound here, as well as a slap in the face to our Canadian friends, allies, neighbors,”  Rep. Candice Miller, R-Mich, was quoted as saying in The Buffalo News. “We should be encouraging them to come across the border, not discouraging them.”

According to Tax-News, the original proposal from the Department of Homeland Security mentioned that the Commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection would “conduct a study assessing the feasibility and cost relating to establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee for both land border pedestrians and passenger vehicles along the northern and southwest borders of the US.”

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