Earlier this month, the story of an undercover operation by Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that led to the arrest of 129 students who enrolled in a fake University in Farmington Hills, MI was released. Since then concerned parties have moved to quickly find a solution to the problem with India stating that the students were duped hence must be treated differently from the miscreants who duped them. India demanded that the students should not be deported against their will, but the US maintained that the students knew they were committing fraud.
Now, 19 of these students have been granted permission to leave the US by a local court in Michigan.
In response to the arrest, US authorities said in a bid to maintain students visa status, foreign nationals arrange to enroll in fake institutions which give them the opportunity to remain in the country. After the arrest, the 129 students were to face removal proceedings in light of possible deportation.
20 Students Released
So far, 19 Indians and a Palestinian have received permission to return to their home country on or before February 26. Three received permission to leave last week while the other 17 were released on Tuesday.
The students released must take routes recognized by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, according to the coordinator of Andhra Pradesh Non-Resident Telugus Society. He also revealed that the students are doing all to leave the country as early as possible.
While some students have been granted bail bond, some others are in the process of getting the same. Nevertheless, about 100 students are still detained, the coordinator revealed.
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