Indians Beat Bangladeshis In Infiltration Attempts

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Indians Beat Bangladeshis In Infiltration Attempts
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is currently in power at the Centre, keeps bringing up the matter of Bangladeshi infiltration with gusto but Indians too are not far behind in infiltration.

Data reveals that compared to the number of Bangladeshis infiltrating into India, around eight times more Indians were caught sneaking into the United States in 2018. But this matter is not being taken up during U.S. President Donald Trump’s visit to India.

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According to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, around 9,000 Indian citizens who were trying to enter the U.S. illegally were caught at the US-Mexico border in 2018.

Figures reveal that the number of Indians trying to infiltrate into the U.S. has risen sharply in recent years. Around 2,700 Indian citizens were apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2015 and this figure rose t0 8,977 in 2018.

While the BJP keeps raising the issue of Bangladeshi infiltration into India, the number of infiltrators from the neighbouring country has declined due to a strengthening economy and strict vigilance on the borders. 

In 2015, 3,426 Bangladeshi infiltrators had been caught but in 2018, this number reduced to 1,118. Compared to this, eight times more Indians enter the U.S. illegally.

It is important to note here that the Indian economy has been decimated in the past few years. The growth rate of the Indian economy in 2014 was 8% but in 2018, this rate fell to 5%.

According to statistics, while the heaviest infiltration in the U.S. takes place from its neighbouring countries like El Salvador, Mexico, Honduras and Guatemala, Indian citizens travel around 15,000 kms and attempt infiltration into the U.S.

In October last year, around 300 Indians caught on the U.S.-Mexico border were deported to Delhi. Among them, most people were from states like Haryana and Punjab, who had paid lakhs of rupees to travel agents in an attempt to reach the U.S. in the hope of a better life.

According to a report by SAALT, an organisation that monitors people of South Asian origin, there were 6,30,000 Indian-Americans living without proper and complete documents in 2017. Among these are 2,50,000 such Indians whose visa had expired in 2016 but they changed their place of residence in the U.S. due to the fear of deportation.

According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Indian citizens make up the fourth-largest group of illegal immigrants in the U.S.

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