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 says in a published report 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 reportedly said 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.