Sunday, June 26, 2005

US bans sale of hair dye to India

Washington (T2N2) In a move widely seen as targetting illegal immigration, the United States today banned the sale of hair dye, especially the 'blonde' variety, to India.

"These Indians - they just colour their hair blonde - and disguise themselves as Americans to illegally migrate to the US,"
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told reporters here today.

Rice, however, admitted that the ban is not expected to drastically reduce the number of illegal migrations to the US, given that 'blonde' hair dye is easily available even in India.

"But we are installing machines at airports and ports here which would scan Indians who used hair dye not made in the US. If those people don't have valid passports and visas, we'll just deport them back to India,"
she said.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, a top US diplomat said that more measures are in the pipeline to discourage Indians from moving to the US.

"There's an Indian onslaught here. Indians are even winning Spelling Bee contests here and making our kids look like retards,"
he said. (T2N2)

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