Indian-origin Canadian woman denied entry into US, told she needs immigrant visa – Amid ongoing incidents of racial attacks on Indians in the United States, an Indian origin Canadian citizen was barred from entering the US, reported Canada’s CBC news.
Manpreet Kooner (Image courtesy: Facebook)
Amid recent incidents of attacks on Indians in the United States, an Indian-origin Canadian citizen was barred from entering the US, reported Canada’s CBC news.
30-year-old Manpreet Kooner was told to get an immigrant visa if she wanted to cross the border and was held at the border for six hours before being turned away.
Kooner is a resident of Canada lives in Montreal’s LaSalle borough with her fiancé and works in a science lab at a local college.
“I was as on my way from Montreal to a spa in Vermont for a day trip with two friends, who are both white. They never made it,” she told CBC.
A border agent also reportedly told her, ‘I know you may feel like you’ve been Trumped.”
“Unbelievable. Refused entry to the States. Because I’m apparently an Immigrant who now requires a Visa to enter the States,” she said in a Facebook post.
The report also said that Kooner was reluctant to attribute her situation to racism, but said friends who have reached out to her say that could be the case.
Meanwhile, in a statement, US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said it does not discuss individual cases, but that those who present themselves at ports of entry must prove they fulfill admission requirements, and that admission to the US is at the discretion of the border officers.
Two days ago, Trump signed a revised executive order on Monday banning citizens from six Muslim-majority nations from travelling to the United States but removing Iraq from the list, after his controversial first attempt was blocked in the courts.
The new order, which the White House said Trump had signed, keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen.