India issues demarche to U.S. over detained students

India issues demarche to U.S. over detained students

India issues demarche to U.S. over detained students

India has said that its Embassy and Consulates in the United States attach "the highest priority to the welfare of the detained students" and "will continue to work with the US authorities and other stakeholders to address the issue".

The report states that these 8 student recruiters were arrested after the USA agencies used a fake college, the University of Farmington as part of their undercover operation to identify these recruiters, who never knew that the university was under U.S. agencies vigil and the students who were enrolled by them.

New Delhi has asked the U.S. to share full details and the updates of the students and asked them to "release them from detention at the earliest and not to resort to deportation against their will".

The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement or ICE, till Thursday, had arrested 130 students from the fake Farmington University in Greater Detroit area.

The fake university was set up in 2015 to try to catch foreign nationals who had initially travelled to the United States on student visas and wanted to stay in the country, USA media reported. The Association said on its Facebook page that it was trying to help affected students and is meeting Indian consular officials in the United States about the case.

Sushma Swaraj and her team at the Ministry of External Affairs have been giving top priority to the arrested students.

Similarly, in 2011, dozens of Indian students were detained in a "Tri-Valley University" fiasco in Pleasanton, California.

Prosecutors say those who enrolled knew that the facility would be illegal.

The Indian Embassy in Washington and its consulates are in touch with student organisations and have offered help.

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The arrested students have been marked for deportation and will remain in ICE's custody until immigration courts decide their cases, United States officials said. "Of the 130, 129 were Indian nationals", Khaalid H Walls, an ICE spokesperson, told PTI.

According to the Detroit News, many of those arrested now face deportation.

The sweep was one of the largest targeting immigrants from India in recent years, immigration attorneys said.

He said what the University of Farmington was offering - allowing students to work while enrolled - is not unusual.

India has been seeking consular access to these students since Wednesday when they got arrested by the US Department of Homeland Security.

The India mission and consulates have dropped in detention centres throughout the USA to extend consular assistance to the detained students, the MEA said.

They collectively profited in excess of a $250,000, the agency said. This was done following an investigation by Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The Indian Embassy and consulates are in touch with the various US government departments, including the Homeland Security and the ICE, and consular officers have met with some of the detainees, the Indian Embassy told The Hindu on Friday afternoon.

Obama administration officials had also set up the other fake institution, the University of North Jersey, and ensnared over 1,000 students, a lot of them from India and China, in 2016.

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