BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) _ A federal budget proposal that could lead to U.S. border crossing fees is drawing opposition in North Dakota.
Sherwood hardware store owner Allan Engh said that it's senseless to charge people to come into the country to spend money. He estimates one-third of his business comes from Canadian customers.
Winnipeg resident Andrew Chan says he travels to Fargo two or three times a year. He tells The Forum a border-crossing fee might cause him to scale back his visits.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer has joined 18 others in Congress in signing a letter asking Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to reject a proposal in the department's 2014 budget to study charging the fee.
Cramer says North Dakota welcomes more than a million visitors from Canada each year.