WASHINGTON, D.C. – Strict US border identification requirements became a focal point of conversation as Prime Minister Stephen Harper made his first visit to the White House as Canada’s leader.
Harper voiced his concern about the Jan. 1, 2008 deadline on legislation to require Canadian travellers to carry a passport, or other secure documentation, when entering the US at land crossings.
The legislation was passed in 2004 in the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, which require all citizens entering the US to carry a passport or secure identification.
The act is to be enforced at airports beginning Jan. 1, 2007 and land crossings will follow suit a year later.
US officials announced earlier this year the intention of introducing a wallet-sized PASS card to its citizens as a less costly alternative to obtaining a passport. Harper explained there has been frustration from Canadian officials who have not been provided with the technology which is planned to produce the new cards.
President George W. Bush replied to the concerns with a willingness to delay the legislation.
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