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Peace Bridge US customs won't move to Canadian side

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Peace Bridge, Buffalo, NY

By Eileen Buckley

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Washington, D.C. – Plans to move the Peace Bridge American customs plaza over to the Canada side will not happen.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano declared it a "dead" deal. She responded to Western New York Congressman Brian Higgins Wednesday morning as he spoke at the House of House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee hearing.

Higgins noted that the as part of the Peace Bridge Expansion project, confusion exists as to whether the project could include pre-clearance of a shared border management strategy to locate the American customs plaza on the Canadian side of the Peace Bridge.

Napolitano said they can not resolve the pre-clearance issues in Canada. But she did note that if the Peace Bridge and facilities are expanded on the U.S. side, they are fully prepared to provide the staffing and support.

You can click the above audio to hear Higgins ask Napolitano about the issue.