306 Indian Students to Face US Action
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