WASHINGTON: Around 7,720 Indian-origin people including 591 minors and 272 woman were arrested in 2019 for trying to illegally enter the US, according to official figures.
From October 2018 to September 2019 (fiscal year 2019), a total of 851,508 people were arrested – a 115% increase from the previous fiscal year and the highest total in 12 years, said Satnam Singh Chahal, director of North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) on Thursday.
Based on the figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act, NAPA said the US Border and Custom Protection arrested 7,720 Indian-origin people including 272 women and 591 juveniles during the fiscal year 2019.
As many as 4,620 Indians were arrested in 2017. It was 3,544 in 2016, 3,091 in 2015 and 1,663 in 2014.
“It is a matter of grave concern that a large number of juveniles of Indian-origin are being arrested at the US Borders for their illegal entry into the United States,” Chahal said.
According to reports, there are 48 US-Mexico border crossings with 330 ports of entry. People, who try to get into the United States, are required to open their bags for inspection at these points of entry.
Border crossings usually take place by roads, railroads, pedestrian walkways and ferries.