Ban costs 200 ac­cess to Nexus cards

The Hamilton Spectator - - CANADA & WORLD - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

OT­TAWA — About 200 Cana­dian peo­ple have been un­able to use their Nexus cards to cross the Amer­i­can bor­der since U.S. Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump or­dered a tem­po­rary halt to im­mi­gra­tion from cer­tain coun­tries, the fed­eral pub­lic safety min­is­ter said Mon­day.

“None of them are Cana­dian cit­i­zens,” Ralph Goodale said dur­ing ques­tion pe­riod. “We are work­ing with our Amer­i­can coun­ter­parts to make sure that all Cana­di­ans are treated fairly.”

The Nexus pro­gram al­lows cit­i­zens and per­ma­nent res­i­dents in both Canada and the U.S. to be pre­screened for clear­ance in a bid to speed up bor­der cross­ings.

In the days since a sweep­ing ban on im­mi­gra­tion to the U.S. from seven Mus­lim-ma­jor­ity coun­tries was in­sti­tuted by Trump, the Lib­eral gov­ern­ment has re­peat­edly in­sisted no one trav­el­ling on a Cana­dian pass­port should have trou­ble at the U.S. bor­der.

But how per­ma­nent res­i­dents who hold pass­ports from any of the seven coun­tries in ques­tion will be treated has been less clear.

“This or­der is just over a week old. It is now sub­ject to ex­ten­sive court pro­ceed­ings. There is a good deal of un­cer­tainty around this whole sit­u­a­tion,” Goodale told re­porters ahead of ques­tion pe­riod Mon­day.

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