November 15, 2019

Iroquois Passport Seized at Canadian Border

“Joyce M. King, an Akwesasne Mohawk woman, and director of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Justice Department, had her Haudenosaunee passport seized at the Canadian border last month. She was on her way to a garden party fund-raiser on June 18th, when she was asked for identification at the Cornwall port of entry.

Iroquois Passport Seized at Canadian Border

Upon realizing that her New York state driver’s license has expired, Ms. King was told by a CBSA border officer that anything with her identification was an acceptable form of ID. She gave the officer her Haudenosaunee passport – a document which is issued by the Iroquois confederacy, and is considered a valid form of identification.

“”And she told my sister (who was driving the car) to pull into secondary inspection, without asking (me) for another form of identification,”" said King.

Even though she has used her Haudenosaunee passport to enter Canada before, through the Montreal point of entry, in addition to entering Germany, Japan, and re-entering the United States, King was repeatedly told that it was a “”fantasy document.”"

After the CBSA confiscated her passport, King gave them a second piece of ID – her Certificate of Indian Status card.

“”They took away my identification. I don’t know why they’re afraid of the passport, why they had to confiscate it. It’s almost like residential schools all over again. They took my identification, my identity, away from me. It seems to be a continuing problem for Canada, from my perspective. And they’ve got to stop doing that.”" said Ms. King.

When contacted, Citizen and Immigration spokeswoman Rachelle Bedard acknowledged that her department decides what ID is acceptable when entering Canada. She did not answer when asked why the Haudenosaunee passport is not considered valid.

Chris Kealey, a CBSA spokesman, said that privacy regulations prevent them from commenting on specific cases.

Ms. King plans to file a complaint with both the Canadian Human Rights Commission, and the Canada Border Services Agency, due to the treatment she claims she received at the border. As part of her complaint, the Mohawk Nation will be sending a letter to the CBSA.”

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Ottawa Citizen

Iroquois Passport Seized At Border

US Navy Veteran Accused of Passport Fraud

“U.S. Navy vetera, Elisha Dawkins, could go to prison for up to 10 years because he wasn’t quite sure what it meant to have requested a passport in the past.

US Navy Veteran Accused of Passport Fraud

Dawkins is charged with lying on a passport application he filled out five years ago. He has rejected an offer to join a pretrial diversion program. This offer would have meant no jail time for Dawkins. Criminal charges against him may have been dropped.

It seems a bit puzzling. Dawkins is charged because he wrote on his application that he had not requested a passport in the past when in fact he had. Dawkins says he had started filling out but never completed n application before the one he submitted in 3006.

So now we’ve established what it means to “”request”" a passport… apparently once you’ve got that application in your hot hands you’re in “”requesting”" mode. Yet Dawkins says he has done nothing wrong.

Can we really absolve ourselves of any wrongdoing because we are not aware of previously stated rules? Are these passport rules so obscure that even a man who served for the United States will have trouble deciphering them? For all we know Dawkins isn’t even telling the truth regarding how far he got on the previous application. Or perhaps he is just forgetful.

Faced with this question on the passport application I suppose my answer would have been the same as Dawkins’. I would not consider filling out an application partially and then not submitting to to be “”requesting”" a passport. However, I don’t feel my being ignorant of someone else’s definition makes me less culpable… it simply makes me ignoratn.

At the same time, boy, does it seem tough to obtain a passport! Once you’ve gone to AAA or some drugstore with a photo center to get your unnecessarily ugly passport photo taken you’ll need to wade through heaps and heaps of information on the U.S. government’s passport website. For instance, there are six different kinds of passport forms depending on your situation and a list of FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions for the uninitiated) about three miles long! And did you know that you can now get an RFID passport card, but that it will not allow you to travel to Mexico or Canada?

Obtaining a passport certainly does seem complicated, as does Dawkins’ situation. At least we’ve learned one thing… if you ever have doubts about filling out your passport, find some help! Don’t let a lack of information be the reason you face possible jail time.”

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Man Boards Flight Without Passport or Valid Boarding Pass

“A shocking incident has come to light that of a person flying cross-country without a valid passport and with an expired boarding pass. Security at airports has been pretty tight since the 9/11 attacks but it still isn’t full proof was proved when this incident came to light.

Man Boards Flight Without Passport or Valid Boarding Pass

Seun Noibi, a 24-year old Nigerian citizen boarded Virgin America Flight 415 at Kennedy Airport and was able to fly from New York to Los Angeles without being caught, though he didn’t have valid travel documents. He spent several days in the city and was finally caught on trying to get on a Delta flight going to Atlanta. Delta didn’t let him on as he didn’t possess valid identification and was using an expired boarding pass.

According to the FBI, Noibi had up to 10 old boarding passes containing different names. The authorities are perplexed as to how Noibi managed to board the flight after passing through layers of airport security at New York’s JKF Airport.

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Europe To End Passport-Free Travel

Europe is preparing to end passport-free travel within Europe, which has been in place since 1985, due to rising fears about the increasing numbers of immigrants that are entering Europe in an attempt to escape the political turmoil in North Africa.

For decades it has been possible to travel throughout Europe without passing border controls or checkpoints, or without a passport under the provisions of a 1985 agreement called the Shengen Agreement.  26 countries in Europe are signatories to the Shengen Agreement.  22 European Union (EU) countries are part of the Shengen Agreement.

EU To End Passport-Free Travel Allowed by Shengen Agreement

The EU is poised to end passport-free travel allowed for decades by Shengen Agreement due to rising North Africa immigration. The countries in blue are party to the Shengen Agreement.

As social and political unrest in the North Africa countries of Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt has erupted,  a marked rise in immigrants and refugees from theses conflict areas has been seen.

The main proponents of this change, which is still widely supported throughout Europe and the EU, have been France and Italy, which have seen the bulk of the new influx of North African immigrants.

This represents a massive change in travel throughout Europe for business and leisure travel, but some feel this is also indicative of a rise in ‘Fortress Europe’ sentimentality.

Guardian.co.uk Story

Wikipedia on Shengen Agreement