Passports Required for Canadian-U.S. Border Travel, Regulations Begin Monday June 1

DETROIT, Mich.– As soon as Monday, June 1st, 2009, U.S.…

DETROIT, Mich.– As soon as Monday, June 1st, 2009, U.S. and Canadian land and sea travelers will be required to present a passport or other documents stating their “identity and citizenship when entering the United States,” according to the Department of Homeland Security.  Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Canadian Public Safety Minister Peter Van Loan are in Detroit, Michigan today and will be in Ottawa, Canada on Wednesday to address this and other border security issues born out of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004.

The main goal of the Act “is to facilitate entry for U.S. citizens and legitimate foreign visitors, while strengthening U.S. border security. Standard documents will enable the Department of Homeland Security to quickly and reliably identify a traveler,” the department said.

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