Ban costs 200 access to Nexus cards
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.