Congress has extended a controversial Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative deadline by 17 months, making June 1, 2009, the new deadline by which people traveling by land or sea from the Caribbean, Bermuda, Panama, Mexico, and Canada must have a passport or other accepted document to enter or re-enter the United States. However, a January 23, 2007, deadline requiring passports for people traveling by air still stands. Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, proposed an ...

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