Carina Yonzon Grande with grandson Josh and future son-in-law Ken Shaw in this photo taken in March 2012 in Solvang, California
MANILA – The US Embassy in Manila has declined to comment on the experience of an elderly Filipina traveler who was deported after being detained by immigration officials in the US.
Kurt Hoyer, press spokesman for the US Embassy in Manila has declined to give a statement regarding the experience of Carina Yonzon Grande, 63.
Grande alleged that she was detained and questioned for 6 hours upon her arrival at the Seattle International Airport on October 1.
Grande said she was made to look like a liar, after immigration officials refuse to accept her answer as to the real purpose of her travel to the US.
The Pinay, who said it was her 13th time to visit the US, stressed that she was traveling to the US to visit her grandson and attend her daughter's wedding on October 26.
After having supplied the names and contact numbers of some relatives in the US, as demanded, Grande was told that they called up her nearly 90-year old aunt and was told that she was going to be her caregiver.
During interrogation, Grande was made to choose between being jailed or deported.
"Exhausted, hungry, and sleep-deprived, I choose option one," Grande said in an earlier report.