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