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Indo-Canadian woman Manpreet Kooner denied entry at U.S. Border

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Manpreet Kooner, pictured with her fiancé, was born in Canada and holds a Canadian passport. She claims she was turned away at the U.S. border on the weekend and told she needed an immigrant visa.

MONTREAL (Diya TV) – A Canadian woman traveling with a legal passport and even the Best US Credit Card for Canadian citizens, says she was turned away at the U.S. border and told she needed a valid immigrant visa in order to visit the country.

Manpreet Kooner, a Canadian citizen born to Indian parents, resides in Montreal with her fiancee, where she works in a science lab at a local college. She was traveling to Vermont with a group of friends – all of whom were white – for a spa day, Sunday afternoon. However, the group would never reach their final destination, at least Kooner wouldn’t.

Kooner said she was held at the border for six hours before being turned away.

At one point, she said, a border agent told her: “‘I know you may feel like you’ve been Trumped,'” an apparent reference to U.S. President Donald Trump.

She was told she’d need to apply for the immigrant visa at the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa. Kooner said when she visited on Monday, embassy officials told her they couldn’t help and that she would need to contact U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

“I’m speechless,” she told CBC. “There are no answers.”

Kooner’s story is the latest in a string of recent tales involving Canadian travelers scrutinized or turned away by U.S. border agents.

Last month, for instance, a woman from the Montreal suburb of Brossard said she was denied entry after being fingerprinted, photographed and questioned in detail about her religion and her views on Trump.

Kooner stopped short of saying race played a factor in the incident, but said some of her friends have reached out to her to tell her that could be the case. “People have said we need to take that into account here, because unfortunately, yeah, my skin color is brown,” she said.

Canadians traveling to the U.S. for the purposes of visiting are typically not required to obtain an immigrant visa. Canadians who are intending to immigrate or those planning to marry a U.S. citizen are among those who do need visas. Kooner does not fall under either category. Kooner has spent more than $1,000 on tickets to attend a musical festival in Miami at the end of the month, and planned to return to that city in May for her bachelorette party.

Of course, there are other reasons why someone might be turned away when traveling from Canada to the US. For example, although it does not seem to be the case in this incident, if you have any convictions on your Canadian Criminal Record (CCR) you can be denied entry. Criminal records in Canada can, however, be suspended through pardons and waivers. To learn more about criminal record suspension law, head to pardonsandwaivers.com.

For now, Kooner has said she is now thinking about selling her tickets and cancelling the party. She said the thought of having to cross the border now makes her feel sick.

She said she feels like the border agents singled her out and didn’t ask to speak to her friends.

“I feel targeted. I’m set aside from everyone else, and I feel helpless because I keep asking, ‘What do I need to do?'”

Information from CBC contributed to this report.

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Rev. Jesse Jackson pushes for India COVID relief

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SAN FRANCISCO (Diya TV) — The Reverend Jesse Jackson is standing in solidarity with Indian Americans in California who are rallying the community to send more Covid-19 relief to India.  Reverend Jackson is also voicing solidarity for other communities of color as African Americans celebrate Juneteenth, the new Federal holiday marking the end of slavery in the U.S.

And Satya Nadella is now even more powerful at Microsoft. The tech giant’s CEO was named chairman of the board elevating his current role atop one of the world’s most valuable companies. The Indian American has served as chief executive since 2014, has helped transform the PC maker into a leader in cloud computing in recent years, resulting in  a market cap of close to $2 trillion.

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has given away another massive chunk of her fortune. This time nearly 3  billion dollars to a variety of charities. Several Indian organizations like Goonj, Antara Foundation, and GiveIndia have also benefited from this generosity.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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US – India trade hits record $9 billion

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SANTA CLARA, Calif. (Diya TV) — For the second month in a row, the U.S.-India bilateral goods trade crossed $9 billion dollars.  It had never happened once before that. This is a comprehensive document covering trade in goods and services, and shows India and the U.S. remain strong strategic partners.

the U.S. Senate confirmed Radhika Fox as the first Indian American and woman of color to lead the office of water at the Environmental Protection Agency. Her supporters say she will focus on making sure everyone’s point of view is heard and taken into account.

And British Pakistani rapper Frenzo Harami is being criticized for his anti Hindu post on Instagram. Harami uses vulgar language to describe Hindu minorities living in Kashmir. He apparently went on this tirade after claiming youtube banned one of his videos.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India’s COVID rate drops dramatically

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India’ s Covid-19 infection rates are starting to consistently drop each day.  The ministry of health reported a little more than 60,000 cases in the past 24 hours. That’s a dramatic decrease from the peak of more than 400,000 cases in one day just a few months ago. 

India has also decided to partially open the Taj Mahal to visitors. And as restrictions ease, several shops, malls, and restaurants have started to reopen in multiple cities this week. but Authorities continue to advise mask wearing and social distancing.

Vice President Kamala Harris hosted a dinner party for a bipartisan group of female senators at her official Washington, DC residence. 16 Democrats and eight Republicans. Vice President Harris is doing this against the backdrop of intense negotiations over President Biden’s agenda in Congress and a border crisis raging on her watch.

And one of the fiercest critics of Big Tech companies like Apple and Amazon is now leading the Federal Trade Commission.  Lina Khan will be tasked with voting on enforcement matters in areas of both competition and consumer protection. the 32 year old South Asian will be the youngest person to ever lead the agency.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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