Proposed Border Crossing Fee Blocked

May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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May 15, 2013 Updated May 15, 2013 at 8:00 PM EDT


BUFFALO ,NY (WKBW) -A proposal to collect fees while crossing the border may be dead in the water thanks to a local lawmaker. Originally, the Department of Homeland Security was interested in conducting a study on potentially bringing a new border-crossing fee to travelers. Congressman Brian Higgins announced today that an amendment will block that study from happening.

"The administration never really provided a compelling justification for even bringing a study to the Northern Border," said Higgins. "We should be removing barriers to help bring easier access to and from southern ontario."

The idea was part of President Obama's 2014 budget proposal and called for charging a fee for anyone crossing into the U.S. from Canada or Mexico. Since it was announced, Higgins and others believed the fee would hurt the Western New York economy and deter travelers to the region. The Department of Homeland Security argued the fee could help to process the estimated 350-million travelers who cross the U.S. border each year