US revokes Nexus card from man with a ‘Muslim-sounding’ name

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The federal NDP immigration critic is calling on the Liberal government to intervene after learning that U.S. border officials revoked a Nexus card from a Canadian citizen with a “Muslim-sounding name” in the wake of the Trump administration’s second partial travel ban.

The Canadian citizen has Nexus card revoked in wake of partial travel ban, questions U.S. procedures.

The man is a citizen of Canada and Pakistan. He visits family in the U.S. two to three times a year, but he lives in Toronto, and works in law enforcement.

He was first awarded the Nexus trusted-traveller card in July 2014 after he cleared all checks and security procedures.

But days after he returned from a trip to Saudi Arabia on June 30, he received an email from U.S. Customs and Border Protection that his Nexus account status had changed.

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When he looked into what that meant, he found that his membership had been revoked.

Others with Muslim-sounding names have also had their trusted-traveller cards recently revoked, a Toronto lawyer told CBC.

NDP federal immigration critic Jenny Kwan called on the Canadian immigration and public safety ministers to immediately respond to the recent cases of alleged profiling, which she said also include hours-long interrogations at the border.

These are very delicate issues that require the government to tread very carefully given that in a sovereign country, giving foreign nationals visitor or business visas is a privilege not a right. -CINEWS

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