It appears that such a 'crossing fee' could soon be a reality.
In the face of daunting budget cuts, that is one of the ideas up for consideration by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as explained in its fiscal 2014 budget proposal:
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"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