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Where were immigration officials?

To the editor:

Re: Vancouver Airport Tasering, Immigration Officials also to blame.

My mother and four very young children came to join her husband, my dad, from Poland in 1929. I repeat, the year was 1929. She did not speak a word of English yet the Immigration officials were able to direct her to the right place and she was able to board a CNR train from St. John, New Brunswick to Edmonton without any problems.

Therefore, I must lay a good deal of blame on the immigration officials who interrogated Robert Dziekanski for hours and they had to have a person who could communicate with him in Polish. Why is it they (the immigration officials) did not realize that Robert needed assistance in the airport to get to the right area to meet his mother. Why did this department not have someone go with him so that he could find his way?

I was born in Canada and speak fluent English and can understand the Slavic languages as they are fairly similar, and yet when traveling in international airports, I have had some scary moments trying to find my way.

I agree, the RCMP acted in haste and should have tried to communicate with Robert, but I also blame the Immigration officials. If my mother was given wonderful and caring service by the immigration department in 1929, then all I can say is that we have certainly gone backward in 2007.

Helen Brownell, Kelowna

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