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BORDER-PASSPORTS
(2007-02-22)
(wgvu) - THE GOVERNMENT PLANS TO DROP A PASSPORT
REQUIREMENT FOR KIDS AT BORDER CROSSINGS. THE NEW REQUIREMENTS ARE
EXPECTED TO TAKE EFFECT AS SOON AS JANUARY 2008.
HOMELAND SECURITY SECRETARY MICHAEL CHERTOFF WILL ANNOUNCE THE
MOVE TODAY IN DETROIT.
THE MOVE TO EXCUSE TRAVELERS UNDER 17 FROM SHOWING A PASSPORT
WILL EASE CROSS-BORDER TRAVEL FOR FAMILIES, SPORTS TEAMS, AND YOUTH
AND SCHOOL GROUPS.
AN OFFICIAL SAYS THE MOVE ALSO WILL ALLEVIATE CONCERNS FROM
MICHIGAN AND OTHER BORDER STATES THAT SUCH REQUIREMENTS COULD
DISRUPT THE ECONOMY.
AUTHORITIES SAY A PASSPORT EXEMPTION FOR SENIORS COULD FOLLOW.
THE MOVE IS NOT EXPECTED TO APPLY TO AIRPORTS, WHERE THE
PASSPORT LAW IS ALREADY IN EFFECT.
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