5 lakh In­di­ans at risk af­ter Trump’s move on il­le­gal im­mi­grants

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Yash­want Raj yash­want.raj@hin­dus­tan­times.com Mahua Venkatesh mahua.venkatesh@hin­dus­tan­times.com

An es­ti­mated half a mil­lion In­di­ans liv­ing il­le­gally in the United States could be among those tar­geted un­der the Don­ald Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s plans un­veiled to ag­gres­sively “fa­cil­i­tate the de­tec­tion, ap­pre­hen­sion, de­ten­tion, and re­moval (de­por­ta­tion)” of un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants.

There are an es­ti­mated 11 mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in the US, and up­wards of 8 mil­lion of them are ex­pected to find them­selves tar­geted un­der the new pol­icy. Only those who were il­le­gally brought in to the coun­try as chil­dren and the par­ents of chil­dren born here will be ex­empt.

The In­dian gov­ern­ment is aware that its na­tion­als are il­le­gally re­sid­ing in the US, but does not know how many there are, for which it has re­lied on es­ti­mates by Amer­i­can think tanks and re­search groups. How­ever, it ex­pects to hear from the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion if and when In­di­ans are rounded up for de­por­ta­tion, as is the pro­ce­dure.

In­di­ans form a tiny por­tion of those re­sid­ing il­le­gally in the US, with the Pew Re­search Cen­ter, in a Septem­ber 2016 study, es­ti­mat­ing that num­ber to be 500,000 in 2014.

How­ever, the study also stated that In­dia was the fastest grow­ing “coun­try of ori­gin” of il­le­gal im­mi­grants into the US, with the num­ber in­c­creas­ing from 350,00 in 2009.

Gita from Kan­pur will pay a lower pre­mium for health in­surance prod­ucts than sis­ter Sita in New Delhi or cousin Nita in Mum­bai.

She gains from dif­fer­en­tial pric­ing that pri­vate in­sur­ers in­tend to in­tro­duce for their health in­surance prod­ucts, charg­ing less from peo­ple liv­ing in smaller cities, where med­i­cal bills are sig­nif­i­cantly lower than the met­ros.

So, the Kan­pur teacher’s pre­mium for a health in­surance could be 15-20% lower than her sis­ters liv­ing in New Delhi or Mum­bai.

The move is ex­pected to in­crease health in­surance cover in smaller towns, where peo­ple of­ten avoid buy­ing such prod­ucts be­cause they find the price too steep.

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