WASHINGTON — US legislators have agreed to extend the deadline for new border identification measures by 17 months. The rule requiring passports or another high-technology document to enter the US at land borders was originally slated for Jan. 1, 2008, but staff from the House of Representatives and Senate want it extended to June 1, 2009. The delay is included in a Homeland Security Department bill that authorizes new fencing along the US-Mexico border.
While visiting the White House in July, Prime Minister Stephen Harper told President George W. Bush that the timeframe for the rules implementation was too tight to not cause a disruption at the border, the Toronto Star reported.
The plan to extend the deadline still needs to clear Congress with the vote coming as soon as Thursday.
–with files from the Toronto Star
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