Sham university students vs. immigration laws

Indian students who enrolled in a university that was breaking immigration laws may face criminal charges if they were aware of their fraudulent entrance into the United States...

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Indian students who enrolled in a university that was breaking immigration laws may face criminal charges if they were aware of their fraudulent entrance into the United States.

A number of students at Tri-Valley University near San Francisco, California, have been arrested following officials' discovery that the college served as a front for illegal immigration. The owner of the unaccredited university reportedly charged foreigners millions of dollars in tuition expenses while helping them obtain student visas. Although the Indian consulate in San Francisco says many students were unaware the school was breaking immigration laws, some students allegedly knew they were enrolled in a sham university and worked illegally in the United States.

"When students have been defrauded, then I believe that the federal government should not respond by necessarily deporting these students," notes Michael Erickson of the Support Federal Immigration Law Initiative.

The Indian consulate has announced that only the students who knowingly broke immigration laws may face criminal charges, and Erickson agrees with that course of action.

"If immigrants are truly being defrauded, then we should be lenient with those immigrants and give them another opportunity," he contends. "If, on the other hand, the immigrants were part of the fraud, then those immigrants are also criminals, and they should be deported immediately."

Meanwhile, India has accused the United States of shaming the students by placing handcuffs and radio tags on those arrested.

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