Border Security: Indian nationals illegally crossing the US/Mexico border

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Just a snapshot of those caught entering on any given day is stunning – Nigeria, Romania, Nepal – in addition to the hundreds of Mexicans, Guatemalans and Hondurans.

But one of the fastest-growing groups of illegal immigrants come not from the barrios of South America or the slums of Africa, but mega-sized cities in India – 8,000 miles away from the tiny town of El Centro, California, where a handful of Indian nationals are illegally entering the U.S. every day, officials say.

“It’s a common misconception that we just arrest Mexicans – that couldn’t be further from the truth,” said El Centro agent Justin Casterhone. “We arrest people from all over the world.”

Unable to obtain H1b visas, which are given to highly skilled workers, because of a crackdown on the visas by the Trump administration, and because of a fear that Sikhs are coming under attack by fundamentalist groups in their country, Indians are heading to the U.S. — illegally — in droves.

In 2015, agents caught six immigrants from India trying to cross into the U.S. from Mexico. So far this fiscal year, the figure is already at more than 3,400.

The U.S.-Mexican border is divided into nine sectors. The smallest is El Centro, a tiny 70-mile stretch just west of the Arizona-California border. That area has become a conduit for those from India fleeing their country.

Agents said they arrest roughly five to 10 Indian nationals a day, with most young men claiming asylum as victims of political or religious persecution. Women, who often belong to a lower class in India’s stratified caste system, claim abuse or fear of retribution from families in a higher social class.

Most Central Americans pay an $8,000 smuggling fee to cross through Mexico to the U.S. For Indians, it is considerably more.

“Some of these organizations are charging Indian nationals up to $25,000 dollars to get smuggled into the U.S.,” said El Centro Sector Chief Gloria Chavez. “These traffickers, they are winning on this. Law enforcement is not.”

Chavez said Indians generally fly to Qatar then Ecuador, then travel on foot or by bus through the jungles of Colombia and Panama, through Central America and Mexico to El Centro. Most know to travel without any documents verifying their identity.

“Many use their lack of identification to claim to be one person in Mexico and another one in the United States,” she said. “In Mexico, they claim to be an adult because unaccompanied minors under 18 are arrested. In the U.S., the opposite is true. Here, they claim to be juveniles so they must be released.”

Asylum seekers without a criminal history in the U.S. are typically released. The Indian nationals usually head to the local Sikh Temple for a meal, change of clothes and a bus ticket. From there they will go live with relatives until an immigration judge can hear their case – typically a year or two later.

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3 Responses to Border Security: Indian nationals illegally crossing the US/Mexico border

  1. Lucille says:

    This is so much worse than I imagined. Let’s sincerely pray that President Trump comes up with a real solution to how these lawbreakers are handled immediately upon capture. The present procedures are simply unacceptable since they are so lax and skewed in favor of the criminals. The wall will help, of course, but that’s years away from completion. We need a solution NOW.

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  2. czarowniczy says:

    Certainly is a misconception, the US Gov’s known for many years that the cartels who control the US/Mexican border transit business have had a thriving business getting illegals from MANY countries across. The low-level Latinos get basically the Wallyworld transit, bring your own stuff and vmaybe you’ll get over. The foreigners who have the big bucks can even get tunnel service if one’s available but in any case get far better and more sure treatment than los personas pequenas.
    The Gov’s also known for decades that the US/Canadian border’s far more looserer than the southern one is. The snakeheads have used the indian reservations on the Canadian side that butt up against the US as a staging and launching ground for Chinese illagal entry into the US and there are strong ‘hints’ they’re also used to bring illegal ‘others’ into the US too.
    The illegal ‘Mexican’ issue has been used by both sides as a cover. The Left uses it to weaken the border control, allowing more south-of-the-border folks, among others, in. The Right uses the fear of a Latino influx to tighten control while not having to broach the ‘other illegal immigrants’ issue.
    Just after 911 there was the then-famous incident of an ‘Arab’ team driving a on back road in Mexico headed into the US. Seems they had a collision with an inanimate object that totaled the van. By bthe time the policia responded the locals said the ‘Arabs’ driving and in the van boot-scooted out of the area but the police found an interesting cache of weapons in the van. There’s no doubt whoever was in that van was headed into the US andc was quite well armed. Ifv the were Mideastern and what their plan was (not to mention where they went after the accident) is long lost to some dead files but underscores how loose all of our borders are.

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  3. auscitizenmom says:

    Just because these are from India doesn’t mean they are not muslim terrorists, I don’t think.

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