Some Vermont, Quebec Residents Oppose Border Closing

06/08/10 6:06AM

People who live in Vermont and Quebec near the little-used Morses Line border crossing are saying the Department of Homeland Security should keep the post open.

Less than a week after DHS announced it would close the port of entry to avoid an expansion that would take a prime hay field from a Vermont farmer, residents from both sides of the border say they rely on being able to cross easily there between the two countries.

Franklin Fire Chief Justin Rainville says the department would like to keep the crossing open to make it possible for emergency vehicles to go back and forth. He says he didn't think the closing of the border was a possibility.

But farmer Brian Rainville says closing has been discussed for months.

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