A common issue faced by countries across the world is that of illegal immigrants. This issue is persistent in countries like the United States where the lure of a better quality of life lures thousands to individuals to enter the country illegally. Among these are thousands of Indians.
The U.S government on its part is tackling this issue by imposing strict visa rules and cracking down on illegal migrants.
The tightening of visa rules under the present U.S government have led to the deportation of 550 Indians till June this year. The deportation of these supposedly ‘illegal’ immigrants is 50 percent more than the number of deportees in the previous two years.
The strict visa rules under the present government has led to a significant increase in the deportation of Indian migrants in the past four years. The number of Indians deported in 2017 and 2018 was 570 and 790 respectively.
Apart from this, the government has initiated a fast-track deportation procedure. There are fast-track courts to try illegal immigration cases.
According to the new rules, migrants who fail to prove that they have been in the US continuously for more than two years can be deported immediately. Until now quick deportations were applicable to persons detained at the border. The newly updated rules have already come into effect leading to a significant increase in the number of deportees.
Of the 550 Indians so far deported this year, around 80 percent were between 18-45 years. 75% of these deportees belonged to either Punjab or Gujarat. Incidentally, there were no women deportees.
Coming to global figures, till June this year the total number of Indian deportees from across the world is around 4000. In 2017 and 2018 around 9000 Indians were deported from countries around the world.
With more countries implementing stricter visa rules, the Indian government too is making efforts to curb the number of illegal migrants moving out of the country. It is targeting agents involved in illegal immigration operations.