The United States government seems to be following the successful, albeit unpopular, model of the airline industry in imposing fees and taxes of every possible kind in a desperate effort to boost revenues.
If a new initiative by the Department of Homeland Security is approved, travelers crossing the Canadian and Mexico borders by land, whether on foot or by car, would be forced to fork out a fee.
The Homeland Security's Fiscal Year 2014 Budget has already proposed a study to determine the feasibility of collecting such a border crossing fee.
It's currently unclear what such a fee would be but it's unlikely to be less than $5 one-way.
Here is the language as it appears in the U.S. Homeland Security department's 2014 budget proposal:
SEC. 544. (a) The Commissioner of the United States Customs and Border Protection shall:
(1) conduct a study assessing the feasibility and cost relating to establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee for both land border pedestrians and passenger vehicles along the northern and southwest borders of the United States; the study should include:
(A) the feasibility of collecting from existing operators on the land border such as bridge commissions, toll operators, commercial passenger bus, and commercial passenger rail;
(B) requirements to collect at land ports of entry where existing capability is not present; and
(C) any legal and regulatory impediments to establishing and collecting a land border crossing fee; and(
2) complete the study within 9 months of enactment of this Act.