130 students arrested in visa sting face only civil immigration charges

Over 100 students arrested in US immigration fraud attorneys cry foul

The external affairs ministry statement said authorities were closely monitoring the situation and taking proactive measures.

Federal agents from the Homeland Security Investigations unit used a fake university located in Farmington Hills to help find fake foreign students who were allegedly scamming the system to stay in the United States.

As many as 130 students were arrested by the U.S. authorities Wednesday for overstaying their visa in the US.

The university is on the DHS list of institutions "eligible to enroll F-1 and M-1 students in the United States", according to a list on the "Study in the States" page on its website referring to the student visa categories that allow worldwide students to legally enter the US.

Undercover agents from the Department of Homeland Security had set up a fake university to crack down on the scam.

Speaking to WION, Surendra Adhana, Deputy Consul General, Indian Consulate Houston said, "Each consulate in the US is getting consular access to students detained in their jurisdiction".

A spokesperson from the American Embassy said, "We can confirm that the embassy received a demarche from the Ministry of External Affairs about the Indian citizens detained in the United States this week". The students had immigrated legally to the U.S. on student visas and had transferred to the University of Farmington so they could work, said attorneys.

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Rahul Reddy, an immigration attorney in Houston, said in a live-stream on YouTube that students who may have been enrolled at the university were detained in Houston, Atlanta, Charlotte, and St. Louis.

The Indian embassy has appointed a nodal officer to handle and coordinate all issues related to helping Indian students affected by the busting of the "pay-and-stay" racket run by a group of Indians that has put some 600 students under trouble.

But court papers released last week showed that the university's employees Farmington were undercover agents for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). From their names it appears that all of them are either Indian nationals or Indian-Americans.

According to the Detroit News, many of those arrested now face deportation.

In order to study in the US, students must get certain types of visas and approval from universities authorized by the Department of Homeland Security. Prior to this, this student from Telangana was detained for over 14 hours. Officials from the Indian embassy and consulates in the USA visited several detention centres and about 30 students have so far been contacted by consular officers.

"There are specific universities who have advanced degree programmes that primarily involved practical training from day one that allows them to enroll and the bulk of the time is spent working", Sofo said.

On Thursday, the Department of Homeland Security shut down a website that had been created for the University of Farmington. Since the early hours of Jan 30, 2019, the ATA legal team and local ATA teams have reached out to the Indian Students Associations of various universities. "Majority students who sought admission in University of Farmington belong to middle class families".

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