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Newsletter. Issue 2003-4. Feb.22, 2003
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Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Goa's Chief Minister in Montreal.
From left to right: Fr. Manuel Rodrigues, Fr. Agnelo Pinto, Mrs. Thereza D'Souza, Mr. Manohar Parrikar, Mr. Nehru Rodrigues (President of Quebec Goan Association), Mrs. Phyl Gomes (Secretary of QGA) and Mr. Jackson D'Souza (Director QGA)

Go Back To Where You Once Came From ~ Berna Cruz's Ordeal

She was asked how she could have a Latin name. The officers were not convinced when Cruz, who was born in Thiruvananthapuram, told them that her family is from Goa, where such names are common.
Full text at http://www.goanvoice.org.uk/newsletter/2003-8/supp1/BernaCruz.html

Canadian In Passport Fiasco
Humiliated by immigration staff
Feb. 14, 2003. 05:32 AM

A Toronto woman coming home from India says she was pulled aside at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, accused of using a fake Canadian passport, denied consular assistance and threatened with jail.

In tears and desperate, Berna Cruz says she told U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Services (INS) officers she didn't want to go to jail. She told them she had to get home to her two children and was expected to be at work the next day at a branch of a major Toronto bank where she works as a loan officer.

Instead of jailing her on Jan. 27, an INS officer cut the front page of Cruz's passport and filled each page with "expedited removal" stamps, rendering it useless.

She was photographed, fingerprinted, barred from re-entering the U.S. for five years and immediately "removed."
Not to Toronto, but to India, where she had just spent several weeks visiting her parents. It took four days, and help from Canadian officials in Dubai and a Kuwaiti Airlines pilot, to get her back home.

Some excerpts from the reports

Re: INS-deported Canadian a Goan??


The Fourth Meeting of the Goan Engineers & Professionals held February 9, Toronto.

Topics discussed:

  • Safety in the workplace.
  • Keeping Fit & Healthy in the Working Environment.
  • Opportunites For Engineers.
  • Immigrant Engineers obtaining their professional designation.
  • Problems of Student Engineers.
  • Setup of Goan Networking/Business Group.

    For details see https://goanvoice.ca/2003/issue4/GoanEngineers.htm

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