306 In­dian Stu­dents to Face US Ac­tion

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

New Delhi: TheOba­maad­min­is­tra­tion has an­nounced that it will take ac­tion against over 300 In­dian stu­dents for al­legedly try­ing to ex­tend their stay in the United States by il­le­gal means.

“Forthe­most­part,theyall­came on­le­git­i­mat­es­tu­dentvisas.It­was ac­tu­ally when they were in the coun­try that some of them al­legedly sought to ex­tend their stay in the US — that’s my un­der­stand­ing,” Mark Toner, state de­part­ment deputy spokesman, said. As many as 306 In­dian stu­dents were caught in a sting op­er­a­tion by the De­part­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity andIm­mi­gra­tion and Cus­toms En­force­ment. Twenty one bro­kers and mid­dle men,in­clud­ing11peo­pleof In­dian ori­gin, were ar­rested last week as a re­sult of the op­er­a­tion. Toner, in a brief­ing in Wash­ing­ton, on late Mon­day In­dia time, said only thoses­tu­dentswhotried­toil­le­git­i­mately ex­tend their stay in the US will be taken to task and no gen­uine stu­dent will be ha­rassed.

MEA sources told ET that In­dia hopes due pro­cesses of law would be pur­sued while tak­ing ac­tion against stu­dents. Ear­lier, In­dia had ob­jected to gen­uine stu­dent visa hold­ers be­ing de­ported from the US air­ports.

No gen­uine stu­dent will be ha­rassed: Mark Toner, state dept dy spokesman

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