Back in April 2008, I wrote about how it would make sense for the US to allow retired Canadians to stay more than 6 months in the US. The current immigration policy that passed the US senate and now sits in front of the House has a proposal in it that would allow Canadians who either own a home in the US or can produce a lease agreement, the ability to stay up to 8 months.
I don't pretend to understand all the implications of the proposed immigration legislation, but as someone who spends the winter months in the South, I selfishly hope that the Canadian part of it passes so that we don't have to worry about counting days we are in the US to avoid immigration problems at the border. As I said in my previous post, it would just add to the billions that snowbirds pour into the US economy and from what I read about US cities going bankrupt, it has to help. Unfortunately it's not going to help cities like Detroit and Stockton as they aren't real snowbird destinations but it has to add to the overall economy.
If you want to read more about the Canadian legislation part of it and how some US journalists view it, click on the links below