Lola claims immigrations officials at Seattle airport harassed and deported her

by Steve Angeles, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

October 10, 2013

PASADENA, California – It’s a simple backyard wedding, but it has now gotten the attention of the
Philippines, and the Philippine government all because one important guest was possibly harassed and deported by US officials.

Carina Grande was planning to watch her daughter Steph Grande tie the knot later this month to her fiance Ken Shaw.

Grande, a former Asian Development Bank employee, tried to come to the US on October 1st and make a stop in Seattle to visit relatives.

Upon her entry, she alleged that she was put in a room for 6 hours with no food or water, harassed by customs officials who accused her of attempting to illegally immigrate to the US to work as a caregiver after speaking to her aunt and grandson on the phone.

She also claimed that officials forced her to choose between immediate deportation or going to prison.

Her visa was also revoked.

Grande has visited the US a dozen times prior to this 13th and eventually unlucky visit.

“We were all looking forward to having mom here and my son Josh for the wedding. Unfortunately, this incident happened. We’re all very sad. She’s also very sad about everything that happened in Seattle,” said Steph.

“It looked like they had an agenda before talking to the aunt, they tried to get information out of the aunt just to make it look like she was going to work which couldn’t be farther from the truth. She’s 62 years old, she’s retired, she’s here to visit her grandson and she was here to attend our wedding,” added Shaw.

While bride-to-be Steph has sent a letter to her US Congressman, requesting him to look into the case, the Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs said it will investigate what happened at the Seattle International Airport.

“We are glad they’re willing to like help out, we’re just hoping that everything gets straightened out soon because it’s rough for everybody,” she said.

While every country reserves the right on whom to allow into the country, some legal experts say Grande has the right to file a civil lawsuit for the possible harassment and the way the procedure was carried out.

However, Steph and Ken are not looking into legal action but rather an explanation on the alleged harassment and hopefully another chance for Grande to come to the US.

“We’re not looking for punitive action. We’re not looking to sue. We just want her visa reinstated. We would like an apology. We would like the government to acknowledge what they did was wrong. They could’ve handled this properly. We’d like her visa reinstated and if all possible, we’d like her back here in time for our wedding,” he said.

Balitang America tried contacting the Seattle office of the US Customs and Boarder Protection (CBP).
However because of the government shutdown, they are also on furlough and unable to respond.
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  • Luis
    10 October 2013 at 7:12 pm - Reply

    The immigration officials contacted one of her relatives and confirmed she will work as a caregiver for her..put in mind that a visa issued to anyone is not given as a “right” but is given as a privilege to travel and enter the US. Your answers to immigration questions at the point of entry will determine if you will be allowed to enter or not. In your case they found out you were not telling the truth.

    • Delia
      11 October 2013 at 6:03 am - Reply

      Her intent and what she spew in her mouth are two different version , therefore she deserved deportation .
      Hail to immigration Officials for doing their job well done.

  • paputian ng buhok
    11 October 2013 at 7:11 am - Reply

    Wrong answer Mrs. Grande, there’s a reason why you were detained. You said something that triggered a red flag to the immigration officer who interviewed you at the border. Next time, that is if there would be, make sure you respond to the officer the way you have been answering them in the past. Akala mo makakasulot ka ngayon ha…. sorry hindi na puede ngayon.

  • Kikay Pang0
    11 October 2013 at 8:04 am - Reply

    It may take time for US authority to catch fraudulent people but you can’t outsmart them …. they have unlimited resources and training of finding the truth.

  • Jorge Buesa
    11 October 2013 at 9:13 am - Reply

    To all of you, your are all Right to say that when, you do something wrong in coming into America you are deported back from what country you came from ?

  • Beth
    12 October 2013 at 10:46 am - Reply

    Frequent visits to the U.S. (13 times) raised a red flag. Also, she said her aunt doesn’t know she is coming to the US, how come she (aunt) told the immigration official she is “coming to be her caregiver”. US immigration officials are trained to analyze peoples’ actions and they know if you are telling the truth. I commend those officials , they are doing their job. Can’t blame them, there are so many TNT in the US.