Experience of an Indian Grandparent visiting USA.

Recently my son and his family were in India for vacation and left back leaving their younger son with us to enjoy grandparental love . After 15 days we left for US taking him with us.
Below is the verbatim conversation I had with Washington DC immigration officer on arrival.after I presented our Indian passports and my grandson's US passport
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Me : Good evening
Immigration officer : Who is this boy ?
Me: He is our grandson
I.O: Why is he travelling with you ?
Me: His parents visited India and left him under our care and we are taking him back.
I.O.: where are his travel papers?
Me: Blinking – His passport is here.
I.O. No you do not understand. I want his travel authority.
Me again blinked.
I.O. Sir when a minor travels with others he must have a travel authority from his parents authorising you and authenticated officially by notary.
Me: I don't know about this and we do not have any letter.
I.O; Where are his parents?
My Grand son:- They are waiting outside and these are my grandparents.
I.O. Sir This time I am letting you go and be sure in future you carry an authority letter as kidnapping is a world wide crime and we need to be very cautious.
Me. I smiled weakly.
I.O. Sir this is no joking matter and you need to know the rules when you travel like this.
Are people aware of this rule ?
I am posting this so that as many of us are are Grandparents and likely to travel like this and let as many people know about this. Please spread this message .


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> Experience of an Indian Grandparent visiting USA.
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> Recently my son and his family were in India for vacation and left back leaving their younger son with us to enjoy grandparental love . After 15 days we left for US taking him with us.
> Below is the verbatim conversation I had with Washington DC immigration officer on arrival.after I presented our Indian passports and my grandson's US passport
> ...
> Me : Good evening
> Immigration officer : Who is this boy ?
> Me: He is our grandson
> I.O: Why is he travelling with you ?
> Me: His parents visited India and left him under our care and we are taking him back.
> I.O.: where are his travel papers?
> Me: Blinking – His passport is here.
> I.O. No you do not understand. I want his travel authority.
> Me again blinked.
> I.O. Sir when a minor travels with others he must have a travel authority from his parents authorising you and authenticated officially by notary.
> Me: I don't know about this and we do not have any letter.
> I.O; Where are his parents?
> My Grand son:- They are waiting outside and these are my grandparents.
> I.O. Sir This time I am letting you go and be sure in future you carry an authority letter as kidnapping is a world wide crime and we need to be very cautious.
> Me. I smiled weakly.
> I.O. Sir this is no joking matter and you need to know the rules when you travel like this.
> Are people aware of this rule ?
> I am posting this so that as many of us are are Grandparents and likely to travel like this and let as many people know about this. Please spread this message .
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