Changes at the U.S. Border
U.S. Immigration Rules in Flux
U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to release a “streamlined” version of his January executive order banning immigrants and travelers of all kinds from seven Muslim-majority nations, preventing them from entering the U.S. for 90 days. The order has been blocked by the U.S. federal court system and the Department of Homeland Security has suspended it all actions to implement the travel bans. Trump said the order was aimed at preventing terrorist attacks in the U.S. by Islamist militants.
Visas that were provisionally revoked have been reinstated, but travelers holding visas that were physically cancelled – for instance, with a stamp – must have them reinstated at a U.S. embassy or consulate.
Some naturalized U.S. citizens and green card holders (permanent legal residents) who are Muslim have reported that the United States Customs Border and Protection (CBP) has revoked their Global Entry status. CBP says there is no widespread effort to revoke the Global Entry status of Muslim travelers. Canadian citizens of Moroccan descent have also reported being quizzed on their religious beliefs and feelings about Trump, and then denied entry to the U.S.
In addition, although permanent residents of Canada who are citizens of any of the seven nations targeted in Trump’s original executive order suddenly had their Nexus and FAST trusted-traveler cards cancelled, those cards have since been …
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