- The Washington Times - Monday, June 1, 2009

HIDALGO, Texas (AP) — Car and pedestrian traffic is moving smoothly at two U.S. border crossings on the first day that Americans coming home from Mexico and Canada face stricter identification requirements.

Cars were backed up about 10 deep on the Hidalgo-Reynosa International Bridge near McAllen, Texas, early Monday on the first day of full compliance with the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative.

Until now, U.S. citizens could re-enter the country with various types of identification. Now a passport, passport card or special secure driver’s license are among a handful of accepted IDs.

Officials say the scene was similar at Vermont’s largest port of entry from Canada. Most people at Highgate Springs, Vt., after midnight had the required identification documents.

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