Statement from Minister Goodale on Nexus Privileges Reinstated at U.S. Border

OTTAWA, Feb. 8, 2017 /CNW/ - The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, today issued the following statement regarding the reinstatement of Nexus privileges at the U.S. border.

"Some 200 Canadian permanent residents had their Nexus cards revoked a few days ago because the recent Presidential Executive Order rendered them ineligible. But now that the Order stands suspended, those 200 Nexus cards have been reinstated, pending further Court decisions yet to come.

This confirmation comes from U.S. officials, who have been engaged in regular contact with their Canadian counterparts. The Government of Canada continues to work to ensure all Canadians are treated in a fair and expeditious manner.

The situation today is complex because of the Executive Order on entry to the U.S., the judicial suspension of the Order and the appeal of that suspension - which is pending a further Court decision this week.

There are currently about 1.5 million holders of Nexus privileges - 80 percent of them are Canadians. Nexus memberships fluctuate on both sides of the border every day for many different eligibility reasons. Last year, for example, there was an average of seven Nexus revocations every day.

Nexus is a discretionary program that helps expedite crossing the border. Nexus card holders who feel aggrieved by eligibility decisions taken by the U.S. government can seek recourse by calling (202) 325-8000."

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SOURCE Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Canada

For further information: Scott Bardsley, Office of the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, 613-998-5681; CBSA Media Relations, Tel.: 613-957-6500, Email: questions@cbsa-asfc.gc.ca

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