US CBP to study land border crossing fee to Canada and Mexico

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Rep. Brian Higgins of NY found this little pill in the proposed budget for the US Department of Homeland Security:

SEC. 544. (a) The Commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection shall:

(1) 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 United States; the study should include:

(A) the feasibility of collecting from existing operators on the land border such as bridge commissions, toll operators, commercial passenger bus, and commercial passenger rail;

(B) requirements to collect at land ports of entry where existing capability is not present; and

(C) any legal and regulatory impediments to establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee; and

(2) complete the study within 9 months of enactment of this Act.

News outlets in Canada lit up with the news that a land border crossing fee may be in the works. CBC’s As It Happens interviewed Rep Higgins, listen here.  Canada’s Global News has a summary article.

Politicians on both sides of the border are vowing to fight any fee as a potential impact to trade. The DHS is apparently arguining that this would be analogous to the fee changed for air arrivals.

(and yes, I do follow Canadian news!)

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Stefan
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Stefan

It’s coming – the US is broke. You guys will start to see pay as you go fees everywhere over the next ten years.

Stefan
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Stefan

Only choices really;
left leaning: CBC TV and radio(like PBS NPR with commericals – subsidized by government), Globe and Mail newspaper
more center leaning: CTV (private), National Post newspaper

Kay @ Travel Bug Diary blog
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What are you favorite Canadian new sources?

srptraveller
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srptraveller

Arizona, no but can.take their identity and invoice them and make them bankrupt if they refuse to pay, then imprison them next time they cross a border if they refuse still owe money

ArizonaGuy
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ArizonaGuy

So let’s say a US citizen is flat broke. Can’t legally deny a citizen entry to his own country just because of inability (or refusal?) to pay that fee.