311 Indians who illegally reached Mexico over the last few months with the help international agents who had allegedly promised them entry into the United States are being deported in specially arranged flights.
Majorly these passengers travelled from India through two private airlines to Mexico and were facilitated by travel agents, who charged Rs 25-30 lakhs per person. The cost includes stay, airfare, meals etc. Agents took around a week to a month’s time to arrange entry into the U.S., officials said.
All the 311 Indian were given Emergency Certificates- a one-way travel document that allows them to return to India in an emergency. Such papers are issued to individuals, who lose, damage or have no valid passports.
The National Immigration Institute (of Mexico) said in a statement late Wednesday that it had flown the 310 men and one woman to New Delhi from Toluca and were expected to reach India by Friday.
Mexico stepped up its immigration enforcement due to pressure from the United States. The government has deployed thousands of National Guard agents along the major migration routes.
Majority of repatriated Indians are from Punjab who had traveled to Mexico at frequent intervals.
Once they reach India these people are expected to be questioned for over four hours and legal cases could also be registered against them.