HIDALGO, Texas -- U.S. Customs agents are cutting cross-border commuters a little slack on the first day of stricter identification requirements for Americans re-entering the country.
The change only affects U.S. citizens who until now could re-enter the country with a plethora of identification types. Now a passport, passport card or special secure driver's license are among a handful of accepted IDs.
But Mauro Guerra received a day's grace. The 27-year-old U.S. citizen commutes daily from his Reynosa, Mexico, home to his job at a McAllen auto parts store. He says he hasn't had time to get a passport but got through the same way he always has: With a birth certificate and photo ID.
Vehicle and pedestrian traffic moved smoothly at two U.S. international border crossings Monday, from Mexico or Canada.
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