US expresses regret at Indian students’ deportations

ISSUstudepoThe US ambassador to India, Richard Verma, expressed the US’s regret for the deportations, saying “The embassy is aware of the reports that students bound for 2 California varsities were denied entry into the country, and particularly for the impact this may have had on certain students and their families.

He confirmed they are following the situation closely and have been in regular communication with the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the government of India, as facts are still being collected.

Verma maintained that the US will continue to support education study and exchange programmes for Indian and US students, as these programmes have been a hallmark of the bilateral relationship for decades.

The external affairs ministry said they have taken up the matter of denial to students travelling to the Silicon Valley University in San Jose and Northwestern Polytechnic University in Fremont. The ministry has asked the US authorities to explain the reasons behind the entire humiliating experience the students were subjected to, and in the meantime students are advised to defer their travel to the United States.