The Business Council of Canada concerned about the end of the Nexus program

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The Business Council of Canada concerned by the end of the Nexus program

More than a dozen Nexus program enrollment centers have still not been reopened.

The Business Council of Canada says it is concerned about the continued closure of the Nexus program for low-risk travelers, which allows those pre-screened to receive expedited processing when entering the United States and Canada.

In a letter to David Cohen, the US ambassador to Canada, copied to The Canadian Press, CEO Goldy Hyder says he is deeply troubling that the US government has not reopened 13 Nexus program enrollment centers.

The two countries are at odds over a long-standing request from the US Customs and Border Protection Agency that its agents have the same protections inside Nexus centers in Canada. than they currently have at other points of entry, such as airports and the Canada-US border.

Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino cited the principles of Canadian sovereignty when explaining why US customs officers cannot enjoy the same legal protections at Nexus centers as they do at airports and at the border. /p>

In his letter to Ambassador Cohen, Mr. Hyder says he fears the dispute could harm companies whose employees do not yet have Nexus cards and he urges Mr. Cohen to recommend the reopening of enrollment centers.

His comments come after the Canadian ambassador to the United States said the program was held hostage by unilateral American efforts to renegotiate the preclearance agreement between the United States and its northern neighbor.

There is an attempt to unilaterally renegotiate the terms of a 20 year old program and the program is being held hostage by this effort. rt,” Kirsten Hillman said at a Canada-US border symposium hosted by the Future Borders Coalition last week.

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