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Got That Border Crossing Feeling?

Ian Scott on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 at 9:31:58 pm

807486_passport_2 If you're planning a summer getaway up to Niagara Falls or down to Tijuana, you should probably get your passport in order.

Starting June 1st, new regulations will demand that every US citizen entering the country via land or sea present a passport.  Under current regulation, a government issued photo ID is acceptable at the busy border crossings into the US from Mexico or Canada.

This new regulation could have a serious economic impact on border cities like Detroit, Buffalo, El Paso and McAllen where workers and good move across the national border on a daily basis.

See what the Detroit Chamber's and ACCE's own Sarah Hubbard had to stay about the changes in a USA Today article:

The requirement could delay the hundreds of thousands of people and billions of dollars of goods that enter the U.S. each day by land, said Sarah Hubbard, vice president of the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce.

"I don't think this change is on the radar screen of most people that will be affected," Hubbard said. About $1 billion of goods per day - largely Canadian auto parts - arrive in Detroit in trucks crossing the Ambassador Bridge from Canada, she said.

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