Senators want DHS to delay identification requirements

Washington D.C.


By Gina Jameson


WASHINGTON (AP) _ Nineteen senators, including five from
Washington, Idaho and Alaska, asked the Department of Homeland
Security to delay new border-crossing rules.

The stiffer demands for identification that take effect on
Thursday will mean longer lines for people entering the United
States from Canada.

In a letter to DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff, the senators said
commerce will be stifled and lives disrupted. Drivers will no
longer be allowed to enter the United States by showing a driver's
license and declaring their nationality.

Sen. Patty Murray says the change will frustrate citizens and
won't provide any new security assurances. Idaho Sens. Larry Craig
and Mike Crapo, and Alaska Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski
also signed the letter.

A spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection says people
who don't have the required paperwork on Thursday will be given a
flyer explaining the new rules. It's unclear how long the grace
period will last.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
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