The Mohawk Council of Kahnawá:ke is part of the Iroquois Caucus, made up of different Elected governments throughout the Confederacy. One of the Iroquois Caucus' priorities is addressing the enactment of the recent Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI) with the creation of a new Border Crossing Identification card for all Confederacy members.
The first of two stages of the WHTI was implemented in participating countries (United States, Canada, Mexico, Bermuda and the Carribean Region) in January of 2007. The premiere stage of the WHTI restricts air travelers from crossing the border without a valid passport from their country of origin. The second stage will see this initiative enacted for all land and sea port crossings.
The intent of this page is to keep you up-to-date on the progress of the issues surrounding border crossing. The other intent is to create a forum for those who have had trouble crossing the border.
Below is a submission form for those who wish to record their border crossing incident. On the menu to the right are recorded incidents of community members who have had trouble crossing the border. Please note: Your personal information will not be revealed. We ask that you provide your contact information for follow up purposes only.
Department of Homeland Security
Traveler Redress Inquiry Program
To better serve the traveling public in redress matters, the Department
of Homeland Security (DHS) has created the Traveler Redress Inquiry
Program (TRIP) to serve as a single point of contact for individuals who
have inquiries or seek resolution regarding difficulties they
experienced during their travel, which may be the result of information
derived from other Government authorities.
Your constituents can file an inquiry directly with DHS TRIP. DHS TRIP
may be contacted online at http://www.dhs.gov/trip or by mail at the
DHS Traveler Redress Inquiry Program (TRIP)
601 South 12th Street, TSA-901
Arlington, VA 22202
This group will then conduct an inquiry with the port in question and
reply with their findings. If you continue to have concerns during CBP processing, affected individual(s) should request to speak to a supervisor on-site. A
supervisor is always available to address the concerns of travelers.
Link to Additional Information
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada