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Surge in Asylum Seekers from India in Arizona

Surge in Asylum Seekers from India

Immigrants from India are now claiming asylum in America in more numbers and they surge across the Arizona border. These immigrants do not hold US visas and they request asylum in the United States. These asylum seekers from India enter into America through Arizona. Several Indians who have illegally entered into the country have requested asylum. They request asylum in America, to remain here permanently, by expressing fear of persecution.

They are being smuggled to Central America from India, and they pay around $35,000 to the smugglers for that. They travel through several countries and finally reach Arizona. Some are held by the Border Patrol but the others somehow get into the country. They ask for asylum in America by expressing fear of persecution. According to the US Department of Homeland Security, more number of credible fear claims come from Central Americans and not from Mexicans.

People who establish credible fear of persecution are set free by the USCIS and are given notices to appear in immigration courts. Several Indians have already been released and many are still waiting in detention centers for hearings. USCIS releases asylum seekers whose cases are pending and permits them to stay in the United States. Reports say that the asylum seekers are taking advantage of the USCIS policy.

According to the report, in 2012, around 10 percent of asylum seekers from India failed to appear in immigration courts for their asylum hearings. Experts say that the Indians fleeing poverty in India get into the United States to seek better economic opportunities. They do not appear for court hearings and remain in the country illegally.

To win asylum in America, a foreign national must establish that he/she is being persecuted because of race, religion, political view, or membership in a particular social group. They also need to prove that the government of their home country is unable to protect them.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers bring the immigrants in buses, who the court releases to the bus station. These immigrants then arrange travel and meet their relatives living in the United States. Undocumented immigrants who are deemed low flight risks are permitted to remain freely in the country under certain forms of supervision, until their hearings. Half of the immigrants who are brought by the ICE officers are from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and other Central and South American countries. The other half belong to India.

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