Tourism Officials Concerns About Proposed Border I-D Requirements
Plattsburgh, NY – The Department of Homeland Security's proposed Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative will require all travelers, including U.S. citizens, to have a passport or other accepted documents, to enter or re-enter the United States. Canadians and US citizens crossing the border currently need a drivers licence, and the proposed new rules do not bode well for northern New York's tourism industry. The Lake Placid/Essex County Visitors Bureau is the latest organization in the region to ask businesses and residents to express their concerns about the potential changes. WAMC's North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley has more.