WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration’s decision to shift some Customs and Border Protection agents to the southern border is leading the agency to cancel some interviews for the Global Entry traveler-screening program.
Travel-industry groups have expressed concern that the move will hurt Global Entry, which allows low-risk travelers who undergo an interview and background check to skip through customs more quickly when they arrive in the U.S.READ MORE: Suspect In November Smash-and-Grab Robbery At High-End Sneaker Store In Santa Clara Arrested
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The agency said in a statement Friday that as a result, it is temporarily reducing staff at Global Entry enrollment centers nationwide.
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The agency said some scheduled appointments have been canceled, and it may be difficult to schedule interviews.