Canadian permanent residents exempt from U.S. travel ban

OTTAWA - Canada's immigration minister says Canadian permanent residents from seven Muslim-majority countries targeted by a U.S. travel ban can still enter the U.S.

Ahmed Hussen says Canada has been assured by the White House that they can enter the U.S. provided they have a valid Canadian permanent resident card and a passport from one of the seven countries affected.

Dual citizens with a Canadian passport are also allowed into the U.S.

It was initially unclear Saturday whether Canadians who are also citizens of the affected countries would be allowed to cross the U.S. border, as the State Department said that dual citizens were included in the ban.

Hussen held a news conference in Ottawa on Sunday to try to clear up some of the confusion created by the American ban.

He says there are no people currently stranded at Canadian airports because of the ban.