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I am confident that the tens of thousands of commuters who travel between Canada and the United States appreciate Doug Turner's recent article in The News about the inane Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996.

This law states that every non-U.S. citizen entering and leaving the United States must present credentials, like a visa, to border authorities.

For decades, my wife and I have spent summers crossing the Peace Bridge. It is usually an unexciting experience.

In fact, both countries have boasted about the peaceful, open, easy-to-cross border.

This new law, which is to take effect a year from now, is one of the most absurd ever created regarding traffic over the Peace Bridge.

The only way to identify each person is through one-by-one interrogation. The ensuing delay this will cause would not only destroy any incentive to travel, it would create a nightmarish traffic jam for those who must cross the bridge.

Hopefully this plan will be abandoned. Although the stricter regulations may be useful at the Mexican border, they certainly are not needed here.

Richard Lipsitz

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