Many Punjabis affected as Trump vows to deport 30 lakh illegal migrants
Donald Trump has said he will deport two to three million undocumented immigrants “immediately” upon taking office.
In his first television interview since Trump became President-Elect, he insisted that he is going to carry out his hardline immigration policy proposals, while insisting that he would build a wall between the US and Mexico.
While a lot of these illegal immigrant are from Mexico, other countries including India, also has their share of illegal immigrants in the US. The number of Indian nationals caught trying to cross the southern border into the U.S have grown to over 1200 per year, many of them Sikhs and Punjabi, trying to get asylum using the excuse of religious discrimination in India.
As many as 920 illegal Indian immigrants continue to languish in US jails.The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA), received this information from the US Customs Department last year through the Freedom of Information Act.
Pakistan too has a large number of illegal immigrants in the US, minorities Hindus and Christians escaping Islamic Terrorism as well as economic migrants.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million – it could be even three million – we are getting them out of the country or we are going to incarcerate,” Mr Trump told 60 Minutes.
Trump has used the “two million” figure previously, but experts have poked holes in its accuracy. Citing data from the Department of Homeland Security and the Migration Policy Institute, the Washington Post reported that there are 1.9 million “removable criminal aliens” in the U.S., a category that includes any non-citizens with a criminal conviction—both legal residents and undocumented immigrants.
Of that number, about 820,000 are undocumented immigrants who have been convicted of a crime, the Post reported.
As many as 22 Punjabi youths were released from a jail in Miami in August 2015. Similarly, 68 Indians, again Punjabis, were confined at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s detention centre at Tacoma (Seattle) in Washington.