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A bipartisan group of lawyers, led by Indian American Congress member Raja Krishnamurthy, asked for detailed details of the sting operation run by the US Department of Internal Security, after which at least 129 students of India were detained.
After several impressions last month, federal officials arrested 130 students, of whom 129 were Indians. These students were registered at the alleged fake university in the Metro Detroit area.
In the letter, the MPs requested the Internal Home Security Department (DHS) and American Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to ensure that these students kept in Michigan after the recent sting operation were treated fairly. All the rights granted under the law, including the facility of the lawyer, should be given to them and release the eligible students on release.
Along with Krishnamurthy, Congress members Thomas Souji, Rob Dudley and Brenda Lawrence have also told DHS and ICE in the letter that they share updated information about Indian students with Indian Embassy and consulates and meet the prisoners from the Consul. Arrange to arrange also.
MPs have expressed concern over the recently conducted operation by the internal security investigation. In this operation, special agents of HSI conducted a bogus university "University of Puffington", which aimed to detect select students and foreign students engaged in immigration fraud.
According to the ICE, this investigation started in 2015 and HSI Agents operated fake school since 2017. According to the disclosures last week, there were eight-person selectors for the school, who registered hundreds of foreign nationals as University students.
On behalf of these eight people, the Eastern District of Michigan has accused the American Attorney of Michigan of plotting to make visa fraud and conspiracy to promote foreigners for profit.
The MPs said, "The Indian American community and the Indian Consulate have expressed concern about the dealings with these captive foreign nationals."
Describing India as an important strategic partner and friend of America, the letter states that in 2017, there were 17.3% of Indian students in more than 186 international students who were present throughout the country.