Today, Monday June 1, 2009, is the first day of the new rules for crossing the border from Canada into the US. We now have to have passports in order to enjoy visiting our closest neighbor. This has taken eight years to be put into force and the first time in history that the border is defended. In a way, it's kind of sad.
In order for us to visit friends in the US, we now have to pay $85 per person for a passport. Not everyone that would like to visit the US has money to spend on something that they only use once or twice a year, or even once every two or three years.
I see both the pros and cons to this new criteria. The negative is that when visiting Niagara Falls, we can't just decide to cross over to the US for a few hours...something that we've done many times in the past.
What do you think of the new laws that prohibit both Canadians and Mexicans from passing freely over the border into the US?