United States Federal law enforcement firms have arrested 90 international students, mostly were Indians, highly enrolled in a fake university established by the US government to keep a check on immigration fraud, a media report has stated.
United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has so far busted more than 250 international students, who were lured to enroll in the now-closed US University of Farmington in the Detroit metropolitan place by the Homeland Security.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement had in March arrested 161 students from the fake university formed by it. When it was closed in the month of March, there were about 600 students, mostly Indians, involved in it.
In accordance to the, ICE spokesperson of the 250 students are arrested so far, “nearly 80 percent were permitted voluntary departure and departed the United States.”
“In race of studying and transforming the career on international level students forget to queries their doubts from a reliable immigration company. They usually fall in to the puddle made by these fraudsters. To protect all those people Fee Guards comes in action, it is a whole sole body that is offering their helping hand to aware such population about the gravity of the entire situation.” stated by one of the official.
Of the remaining 20 percent, about half of them have got a final order of removal, the official was quoted as saying.
Federal prosecutors said that the students knew that this was an illegal university as there were no classes conducted.
A rising Democratic presidential candidate, Senator Elizabeth Warren, explained the move as “cruel”. “This is highly cruel and appalling,” she said in a tweet. ” Study abroad aiming students fully dreamed of getting the high-quality higher education America can provide. ICE deceived and entrapped them, just to deport them,” Warren stated.
ICE had put criminal charge sheet against eight recruiters of the university. Seven of them have pleaded guilty. These eight recruiters have been arrested for conspiracy to commit immigration fraud and harboring student for profit by the US Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan.
The US “attracted the vulnerable student who just wanted to keep (legal immigration) status,” Rahul Reddy, a Texas attorney who represented or advised some of the budding students told Detroit Free Journal. “They prayed upon them,” he said.