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'Cockamamie' Canadian border fence scrapped

Published: March 10, 2006

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Excerpted from Caledonian Record:


The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has eliminated what U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont called a "cockamamie" plan to consider building a fence or wall along the U.S.-Canadian border.

Leahy said Thursday the proposal to study such a barrier along the world's longest unguarded border was stripped from pending U.S. Homeland Security legislation by U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter, R-Pa., at the request of Leahy and others.


Leahy said he is still working to stop another regulation that Vermont business people say will practically shut down commerce with Canada. At the end of next year, Homeland Security will require Americans and legal immigrants traveling by land to Canada to have a special ID card or a passport to get back into the U.S.

The fence feasibility study was part of an immigration bill passed last year by the U.S. House and had been included in a similar version before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where Leahy is the ranking Democrat...


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