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A dispute over legal protections for American customs officials has kept Nexus registration centers in Canada closed more than three months after they reopened south of the border — in part because of a conflict over the right of US agents to carry guns on Canadian soil.

The standoff has resulted in a massive backlog of applications for the program, which allows pre-approved travelers to cross the border faster.

Nexus applications have soared to more than 341,000 from 270,000 in April, according to Canada’s Border Protection Agency, at a time when travel delays are disrupting passengers’ summer plans.

Agency spokeswoman Rebecca Purdy says in an email that Canada and the US remain “in talks” about when the 13 registration centers will reopen for job interviews, as both sides seek “legal protections” for American Customs officials during their work to clarify the commonly occupied centers .

US Customs and Border Protection confirmed the raid is about legal protection for Nexus Bureau employees, saying in an email: “An example could include the authority to carry a firearm on duty or access.” to have with her.”

Two senior Canadian government sources told The Canadian Press the US wants its customs officers working at Nexus centers to be given the same protections as its other pre-clearance officers on Canadian soil, with sidearms a key sticking point in the talks.


This report from The Canadian Press was first published on July 22, 2022.

Dispute over whether US officers can be armed in Canada keeps Nexus offices closed


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