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Area's Congressional Delegation Tells Officials to Drop Passport Proposal

By Mark Scott and Anthea Passmore

Buffalo, NY – A controversial proposal that would require passports for people entering the US at area border crossings continues to meet with opposition from the local congressional delegation.

They held a meeting in Buffalo Monday with representatives of the Homeland Security and State Departments. Local business and community leaders were invited to the event, which was closed to the media.

Congresswoman Louise Slaughter said the passport requirement would hurt the regional economy.

"I think the consensus we reached at this point is that the passport idea is really not good," Slaughter said. "I was pleased the President of the United States said the same thing. He thinks we need to come up with something better.

Acting Assistant Secretary for Border and Transportation Security, Elaine Dezenski, says the department is considering alternatives to a passport that would be cheaper and would take less time to obtain. But she did say the US should not make it easy for terrorists to enter the country.