129 Indian Students Arrested in The US for Immigration Fraud - Top Priority for Sushma Swaraj and Team
The university in Detroit's Farmington Hills was part of an undercover operation by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) which was designed to expose immigration fraud.
Authorities called it a “pay-to-stay” scheme which involves foreign nationals who purportedly enrol in fake institutions to falsely maintain their student visa status to allow them to continue to stay in the United States.
"The ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) has administratively arrested 130 foreign nationals enrolled at the University of Farmington for civil immigration violations. Of the 130, 129 were Indian nationals," Khaalid H Walls, an ICE spokesperson said.
Sushma Swaraj and her team at the Ministry of External Affairs are giving this "top priority" to help Indian arrested in the US for the immigration fraud.
Although the immigration attorneys said that the students were not aware that the university was operating illegally and illegitimately , the students are still hold accountable, claiming that they "knowingly enrolled" themselves in the fake university to falsely maintain their student visa status to remain in the US.
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