WASHINGTON: Nearly 2,400 Indians are languishing in different
according to the latest figures.
These detainees, a significant number of whom are from Punjab, are seeking asylum, claiming that they “experienced violence or persecution” in India.
As many as 2,382 Indians are lodged in 86 jails in the US, according to the information received
(NAPA) through Freedom of Information Act
According to figures as of October 10, a total of 377 Indian nationals are detained at California’s Adelanto Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Processing Center, 269 at Imperial Regional Adult Detention Facility, 245 at the Federal Correctional Institute Victorville, and 115 at Washington State’s Tacoma ICE Processing Center
“Most of the detainees at the federal facilities are asking for asylum claiming that they ‘experienced violence or persecution’ in their home country,” NAPA president Satnam S Chahal said PTI.
“This is a serious issue that thousands of Indians, with overwhelming majority being the Punjab, are languishing in the jails in the US,” he said.
Chahal who has been working in the field for past several years has alleged that there is a nexus of human traffickers and officers in Punjab, who have encouraged a young Punjabiis to leave their homes illegally in the US and the charges for each person from 35-50 lakhs. .
is a criminal act which affects the global community and consequently the people of Punjabis are victims of this episode, he said.
“The Punjabi enthusiasm to migrate to affluent countries has been discovered in the pastures of the pastures,” Chahal said.
“Failure to reach their destination destination leads to deportation, exploitation, indebtedness, imprisonment and even death,” he rued
The NAPA urged the Punjab government to strictly enforce human trafficking laws that have been passed in the recent Assembly.
The Trump Administration has introduced a number of controversial policies in line with its hardline stance on immigration.
Last week, the administration decided to restrict the entry of illegal migrants who cross the southern border with Mexico to seek asylum in the US.