June 17, 2021

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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Iroquois Passport Seized At Border

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.


How To Apply For A US Passport

Getting a passport is not a difficult thing to do, but it does take some time to go through the process. Because of this, it is important to allow as much time as possible to avoid last minute complications. Knowing how to apply for a US passport can help make the process easy and hassle free.


For adults, there are a few basic steps that need to be followed in order for an application to be processed. First, a filled out passport application needs to be turned in to a passport office or acceptance facility, and first time applicants are required to submit the application in person. This can be at a regional office, or more commonly, a local post office.

The next step is to provide evidence of citizenship in addition to verifying identity, and two tiers of proof are required. The first tier can be satisfied with a certified birth certificate, naturalization certificate or a previously issued passport. If these documents are not available, a collection of secondary evidence is permitted if they show name and date of birth, and were created in the first five years of life.

Proof of identity can be satisfied with a valid state issued drivers license or government ID. Additionally, a previously issued and undamaged passport can also be used. There are some conditions to this as well, most commonly that if the applicant is applying in a state that is not their legal home state, then additional identification will be required.

Once these items are assembled, copied and submitted, the next step is to pay the applicable fees. For a new one, the current rate for adults is $110 for the book and $140 for the book and wallet card. Additionally, there is an extra charge for rush processing in addition to overnight shipping. The wallet card is handy for land or sea travel between Canada, the US and Mexico, but is not valid for air, so it is not ideal for everyone.

Finally, two recent, clean and digitally acceptable photographs need to be submitted with the application. The photographs should be taken wearing normal street clothes and look as natural as possible.

Once all of the items have been submitted and the application is complete, it will take anywhere from four to six weeks to receive the book or card in the mail. There are expedited services available that can reduce the processing time to between two and three weeks, and there are also exceptions for emergency issues for travel within 14 days of the application. The fee for expedited service is $60 in addition to the other fees, and it is strongly suggested that the applicant purchase and include a prepaid overnight shipping return envelope.

Passports and passport cards are now required for travel to Canada and Mexico as well as the rest of the world. This article should help to know how to apply for a US passport, and make the process more understandable and easier to walk through. Allowing time to collect required documents will ensure a complete application the first time.

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