Opposes proposal to require passports at Canadian border

Letter to the editor

Posted: Sunday, April 10, 2005

I have to agree with Sen. Lisa Murkowski's view that a reciprocal passport requirement for Canadians and Americans crossing our borders is unfortunate in the extreme. My view is heightened security measures are warranted, but that the close relationship among Canada, the U.S. and Mexico makes for a very strong argument for security of the North American perimeter, not just of our three separate nations.

Given the trend is toward enhanced cooperation among the three of us (think NAFTA, for example), then why not draw the security circle around the three of us rather than between us? Hampering North American travel and commerce seems like the last thing we all want.

Tom Tevlin

Vancouver, B.C.

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