Passports to be Required for all Border Crossings

Plattsburgh, NY – The U-S Departments of Homeland Security and State announced Tuesday an initiative that will require, by 2008, that all Canadians, Mexicans, and citizens of Bermuda and the U-S to have a passport to enter or re-enter the U-S.

Canadians and U-S citizens crossing the northern border have been able to cross using a drivers license, and some business and tourism officials are concerned that the new mandate will have a detrimental effect on cross-border traffic. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley reports.