New ID Rules Look to Shore Up US Borders

Proof of citizenship now needed; 'Time to grow up,' says Chertoff
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 18, 2008 8:00 AM CST
Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff gestures during an Associated Press newsmaker interview, Thursday Jan. 17, 2008, in Washington. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – All travelers entering the US, including Americans, will face tough new ID requirements beginning in two weeks. "It's time to grow up and recognize that we've got to take determined steps to getting better security," homeland security chief Michael Chertoff told the AP.

A driver’s license will no longer be sufficient proof of American citizenship unless accompanied by a birth certificate. A new wallet-size passport card will also permit land and sea travel between the US, Mexico, Canada, Bermuda, and the Caribbean. Northern border state officials were quick to skewer Chertoff’s comments, lambasting the extra burden on the "everyday lives of border community residents." Some 800,000 people enter the US daily.