WAHINGTON: The ICE revealed that the Unites States had deported more than 1600 Indians in 2019, which is the highest in any single year since 2014.
According to data obtained from the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a total number of 8,447 Indian nationals were detained in ICE facilities last year for violating immigration laws, the information provided last month under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) has revealed.
Among the 8,447 ICE initial bookings (sic) of Indian nationals by gender. While the gender of three was not clear to the American authorities, 422 were women, 8,022 were men.
Compared to 2014, this is about four times the number of Indian nationals which were detained in ICE facilities.
This trend has been highlighted in viral videos of a series of instances involving Punjabi-speaking women and children trying to enter illegally through Mexico last year.
In the second week of June 2019, a six-year-old girl died in Arizona desert as her mother, who was from Haryana and trying to get reunited with her husband already in the US, had taken her along to illegally cross the American border via Mexico.
Such incidents highlighted that not only men but women too were desperate to reach the US and were taking kids along them.