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The North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) has approached the government officials to know how many Indian nationals were deported on the grounds of violations of immigration and other laws under the Freedom of Information act (FOIA).
The FOIA, which is similar to the Right to Information Act in India, helped Indian nationals to learn about the number of persons deported and detained by the US authorities in 2013 and 2014.
According to the data released by US immigration and Customs enforcement (ICE), 567 Indians were deported to India by federal law enforcement agencies and more than 6,360 Indians were detained at the US border during last two years.
Mr. Satnam Singh Chahal, NAPA executive director, said that as many as 4,057 Indian nationals were taken into custody by federal law enforcement agencies, of which 2,539 were released either by bond or on parole.
While the number stood at 2,306 for illegally sneaking and nearly 2,300 Indians (may include previous year’s detainees) were released on either bond or parole.
And about 567 Indian nationals deported to India in the same period.