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Detention of Indian students in US: India places consular request, says 'according highest priority'

Member of American Telugu Association (ATA) met Indian envoy to US Harshavardhan Shingla and asked for support. (Image source: American Telugu Association) Photograph:( Facebook )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 01, 2019, 08.07 PM (IST) Written By: Sidhant Sibal

India has said that it is "according the highest priority to the situation" arising out of the detention of Indian students in the United States and has placed a formal request for consular access for the students. Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) in a release said, "We are monitoring the situation closely and have impressed upon the US Government the need to address the situation at the earliest."

The US Department of Homeland security in order to expose an immigration scam set up a fake university in Farmington Hills, Michigan state of the United States. The student in order to stay in the US enrolled in the university to continue with the student visa status.

Arrest warrants have been issued to 600 students while 100 students connected to the University have been arrested. 

The Indian mission is in touch with US State Department and the Department of Homeland Security and has requested for a list of the detained students and other details such as place of detention and Identity.

The Ministry of External Affairs has "highlighted" to the US government "that a distinction should be made between those involved in recruiting or enrolling students and students who have been duped or defrauded in the process."

Indian mission, according to MEA, is rendering "all assistance to Indian students in the US to deal with the emerging situation" and has also involved Indian community organisations in reaching out to the students.

Most of the students are Telugu speaking and are being helped by American Telugu Association (ATA) who met with Indian Ambassador to US Harshvardhan Shingla and the Indian Consulate General of India in Atlanta Dr. Swati Vijay Kulkarni in connection with the development and requested for help.

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The US Department of Homeland security in order to expose an immigration scam set up a fake university in Farmington Hills, Michigan state of the United States. The student in order to stay in the US enrolled in the university to continue with the student visa status.