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Number of Indians arrested for illegally entering US nearly triples

A growing number of Indians are illegally crossing the US-Mexico border and claiming asylum for persecution,

Indians arrested for illegally entering US has gone up 3 times this year
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Only around 5 per cent of all Indians have a passport, so the vast majority of us have never been abroad and never been exposed to a different cultural space. Photo: iStock

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The number of Indians arrested for illegally entering the United States has nearly tripled so far in 2018, making them one of the largest groups of illegal aliens apprehended, US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said on Friday.

Paying smuggling rings between $25,000-$50,000 per person, a growing number of Indians are illegally crossing the US-Mexico border and claiming asylum for persecution, CBP spokesman Salvador Zamora said.

Many present viable claims, but a large number are economic migrants with fraudulent petitions that swamp the system and can cause legitimate cases to be “washed out” in the high volume of fraud, Zamora said in

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First Published: Sep 29 2018 | 12:48 PM IST

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