Jalandhar, December 24, 2019 (Yes Punjab News)
United States deported 929 Indians including 42 women during the first seven months of the year 2019 due to the violations of Immigration laws of the country.
This was disclosed here by Satnam Singh Chahal executive director of North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) in a press release issued here today after receiving this information from US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) department under Freedom of information Act (FOIA).Chahal said that this was the highest numbers of Indians deported from United States since FY 2014 in which only 87 Indians including 6 women were deported.
Similarly, in the FY 2015 only 202 Males and 22 Females of Indian Origin were deported. In FY 2016 only 102 Male and one female, In FY 2017 Male 343 and 15 Female and In the FY 2018 Male 323 and 18 Female were deported.
Although there is no recorded number of Deported persons of Punjab Region but it is said that most of the deported persons were from Punjab region said Chahal. He further said that apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border could approach the total 1 million number for FY 2019, a remarkable turnaround for a U.S. border security environment that just two years ago had witnessed the lowest levels of illegal immigration since 1971.
He said that growing numbers of Indian origin illegal migrants were moving through Mexico, Arizona and Texas State of United States These Undocumented Persons of Indian Origin were hoping to reach the United States after expensive, arduous, and often dangerous journeys that can take months or even years.
He further said that since the past 15 years, the fast-track deportation process, known as expedited removal, has been used mostly by Border Patrol agents near the border. But now, for the first time, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents can unilaterally question, arrest, detain and deport undocumented immigrants who have been here that they encounter anywhere in the country.
Chahal further said that between FY 2001 and FY 2008, during the Presidency of George W. Bush, about 2 million people were deported from the United States and between 2009 and 2016, during the Presidency of Barack Obama, about 2.9 million people of several countries were deported from the United States.
Chahal said that during the Trump administration deportations were lower than in Obama era. Though President Trump has made cracking down on immigration a centerpiece of his first term, his administration lags far behind President Barack Obama’s pace of deportations.
During the President Obama era only 409,849 were removed in 2012 alone but President Trump, who had vowed to deport “millions” of undocumented immigrants, has yet to surpass 260,000 deportations in a single year. Chahal said that it is quite surprising that while President Obama deported 1.18 million people during his first three years in office and President Trump has deported fewer than 800,000.
Chahal said that most of the deported Indian people were neither hardened criminals nor saints. Most of them were undocumented or illegal, people who only overstayed their visas, or whose asylum claims were failed. One of the most common criminal convictions were illegal entry in to the United States Said Chahal.