Skip to comments.Homeland Security wants to charge fee for crossing U.S.-Canada border Proposed charge prompts
Posted on 04/21/2013 8:23:18 PM PDT by Nachum
The U.S. government is proposing to charge a new fee for every vehicle or pedestrian crossing the U.S.-Canada border an idea that has prompted fierce objections from New York lawmakers who claim the levy would stifle transboundary commerce and undermine recent efforts to ease the flow of people and goods between the two countries.
The Canadian government, too, is raising alarms about the proposal, with an embassy spokesman in Washington telling the Buffalo News that were confident that any study would conclude that the considerable economic damage any fee would do would greatly outweigh any revenue generated.
The issue flared on Friday in the U.S. after Rep. Brian Higgins, a Democratic congressman from Buffalo, N.Y., drew attention to an item buried deeply in the U.S. Department of Homeland Securitys proposed 2014 budget, released last week by DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano.
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I detest all these “Fees.” We already pay for everything these a-holes do, including their supplies, so fees are a Government scam to tax all of us even further.
If they started paying for themselves and they reduced our taxes by that amount then I would be somewhat impressed.
Better yet, charge any muslims wanting to enter the country a $25,000 non-refundable fee. Of course, that’s pocket change for Saudi-funded terrorists.
Maybe they should try this on the Mexican border?
Guard Towers and Machine Guns and Attack Poodles and Land Mines and Claymores!
Just another indication that the Federal government has gotten too big and needs to steal other people’s money to help feed the pig. How ‘bout a “fee” for those crossing the southern border?
Does Homeland SEc have the right to attach fees to anything?
This is like the 10% tax on tanning salons under 0bamacare. Who gets tans other than white people? No one!
Sounds like a good plan to me.
Since when does Homeland Security get to set taxes and fees?
sure, lets tax and penalize the legal visitors from Canada and the US, but lets just let the illegals come and go as they please...free school...free health care....hey, ain’t America got it alll!
Selfishness and greed.
Don’t let the politicians fool you. These are their private checking accounts in addition to our regular taxes. One of the silliest I have seen is adopt a road. LOL Excuse me, don’t our taxes pay for roads which for years lay in disrepair?
Great idea. If revenue was involved, maybe Janet’s Dykes would be there at the most popular illegal crossing points to write tickets to every amigo who dropped on the American side. Ya think?
Maybe they should just charge a fee because they are so awesome and stuff.
Rights of American citizens have been voided.
Everything is done by Executive Order these days.
We don’t need more fees or taxes or debt. Cut the fricken government already. Janet Napolitano is a complete moron and incompetent failure. She’s the poster child for the Peter Principle (right next to Obama & Biden).
I cross southbound in a commercial vehicle frequently, and have been paying $10.75 per trip for a couple of years now. (Which caused me to purchase an electronic transponder for $205 per year instead.)
“Processing fee” for my paperwork is the excuse they use....
It would be a highly regressive fee, falling hardest on minorities. In other words, racist!
Tough to fix "stupid"
This nations wealth is being plundered for a cause that seeks to destroy her. Yet hardly anyone bothers to raise the alarm.
I live right here in Higgins district with 3 international bridges. I drive to the end of my road and there is Canada across the Niagara River. This is pure insanity.
We've been raising the alarm for years. But we are the new minority that no one gives a shit about.
Just wait until the fee is $250,000 to leave...
.... That is the sad reality at this time. Those that are left now that have sworn to uphold the Constitution of the United States of America need to find a powerful voice and come together as a unified team of the defenders of the Constitution this country. Unfortunately, within the GOP .... the survival of this nation seems to have taken a back seat to party bickering while the big picture of the survival of the only successful Constitutional Republic is lost.
.... As the old saying goes.... "United we stand .... Divided we fall" ..... a principal that is all too true and known all too well by the enemies of freedom. The Alinskyites know us ... how to play us like fiddles .... and drive wedges between any semblance of unity that may develop within us. There appears to be all too many within this party of Republicans and Conservatives that are willing to take a bite at the bait that they cast which in turn splits us and diminishes our strength.
.... At this time when much is required of us, To defeat them will take an incredible amount of unity of cause within the party which defends the Constitution. Sadly, at this time, .... this seems to be the party's weakest strength.
We live 4 miles from Canada on the Yukon. People on both sides of the border are related through marriage, history, and they travel back and forth all the time. Shows you how outta touch this regime really is.
Shove your idea where the sun doesn’t shine. Nobody wants or needs “Homeland Security”.
Who in the "U.S. government"?
Somebody has to pay her didologist fees..
Why not a 10 dollar fee per person for crossing the Mexican border into the USA for every illegal that is caught or spotted. Obutthole wants money, there is billions to be made there. just issue an executive order to the Skank of DHS to send an invoice to the Mehikan Cleptocracy for every one caught in person or on camera.
“Maybe they should try this on the Mexican border?”
Exactly. Why do they want to punish the Canadians?
This sounds like O’Mally here in Maryland jacking up the fee to cross the Morgantown Bridge because so many Marylanders go there to buy cheaper gas and cigarettes.
Change the location to the Mexican boarder and leave Canada alone. There is plenty of crossing down south that have millions crossing everyday. Should be plenty of chances there to catch a few bucks.
Ever since our lefty RINO prez Bush ushered in the Department of Fatherland Security I knew once in the hands of a Democrat administration it would be turned against us.
Needless to say I have little used for Bush or the DHS.
It’s not like the lines are long enough already...(sarcasm)
Government IS the problem.
In Ubamaworld, economic damage is a good thing if it happens to the US.
We could be the only country on Earth with a cover charge. Next would come the two-drink minimum.
They already charge a fee.....it’s called taxes and we’re not getting much for our money.
Bakeesh to the guards at the checkpoints; perfectly normal.
Can’t have the serfs traveling so freely; they might smuggle in 100 watt lightbulbs or 5 gallon toilets!