Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration and Customs arrested and detained about 600 Indian students who are said to be in the US without proper authorization, in other words for violation of immigration rules.
The students were detained following US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency’s raid as revealed by the American Telugu Association. In a post on Facebook, the agency said several Telugu students were arrested nationwide by DHS in a move to get hold of international students residing in the US illegally.
To achieve its aim of cracking down on foreign students without proper approval, a fake university was set up in Farmington Hills, MI by Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
According to the American Telugu Association, the university was one of the undercover operations embarked upon by the federal law enforcement for the purpose of unmasking recruiters and other players in immigration fraud. A federal indictment unsealed in Detroit on Wednesday revealed that eight recruiters received charges of having hands in the illegal stay of about 600 international students in the US.
American Telugu Association (ATA) was informed by the affected students and their friends as confirmed by the association. Following several calls, ATA has moved swiftly to provide help and counsel to affected individuals. Early on January 30, representatives of the association contacted Indian Students Associations of various universities counseling them on the next course of action. After contacting several attorneys, ATA confirmed that about 600 students had been issued an arrest warrant, 100 of which are connected to the undercover university.
ATA has also informed the Indian Ambassador and the Consulate General of India of the situation and suggested remedies. Both the Ambassador and the Consulate general expressed their deep concerns and are working with authorities, with total support from ATA, to address the issues.
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