Chertoff: U.S. Still Plans Passport Rule


WASHINGTON – The Bush administration said Tuesday it still plans to
require passports from all foreigners entering the United States by the
end of next year, despite calls for a delay by some Republicans worried
about strained relations with Canada.

At issue is a 2004 law, being phased in over three years, to tighten
U.S. borders against suspected terrorists and other criminals. But
critics on both sides of the nation’s northern border fear the passport
requirement will hamper commerce and tourism between Canada and the
U.S. — the world’s largest trading bloc.

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