MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, who last year helped persuade the federal government to close a little-used Vermont border station in Franklin now wants officials to explore options for keeping it open.

The Morses Line Port of Entry, located on the U.S.-Canadian border, was slated for expansion last year by federal officials who planned to seize land from a neighboring dairy farm to make room. The Rainville family, which owns the land, fought the plan and Leahy took up their cause.

Now, the Vermont Democrat — citing overwhelming community support for the station — is asking U.S. Customs and Border Protection to consider land swaps by nearby property owners or a smaller renovation that would bring Morses Line up to 21st century security standards without seizing land.

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