On Wednesday, as many as 129 of 130 students arrested in the US in an alleged immigration fraud case are of India origin. It’s providing all assistance to those detained, said Sushma Swaraj headed MEA
on Friday, around 129 Indian students were jailed in Detroit, the United States for enrolling in a fake university and to stay back in the United States. The lawyers representing the students, criticize the immigration authorities’ methods to “trap” the students as the students claimed that they were unaware of the fake university’s fraud.
As per federal prosecutors’ charges in the case, the secret agents of the varsity in Detroit Farmington Hills was part of the US Department of Homeland Security’s undercover operation to expose the immigration fraud. The authorities alleged that the students intentionally enrolled in the fake university to maintain their student visa and stay back in the US, in what was dubbed as a “pay-to-stay” scheme.
Khaalid H Walls, an ICE spokesperson, told the news agency PTI. “The ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has administratively arrested 130 foreign nationals enrolled at the University of Farmington for civil immigration violations. Of the 130, 129 were Indian nationals,” “These individuals have been placed in removal proceedings, and ICE will seek to maintain them in its custody pending the outcome of those proceedings,” he added.
Sushma Swaraj, the Ministry of External Affairs headed by is handling the case on a priority basis. A helpline for queries on the status of the arrested students has been opened by MEA has even opened a helpline for queries.
The case is one of the largest in recent years on Indian students. As said by the immigration authorities. MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar was quoted by PTI as saying. “We are aware of the incident. We are ascertaining more details (through) our embassy in Washington and different consulates in the US…We have also mobilized the Indian community organizations in the US to extend all possible support to the Indian students who are affected by this incident,”