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Illegal immigrants from India rise alarmingly in US: Report
Rediff News Bureau | February 19, 2008 15:46 IST
Last Updated: February 19, 2008 16:02 IST
Quoting a US Department of Homeland Security report, mercurynews reports that Indians are the fastest-growing group of illegal immigrants in the United States.
The report says there are 2,70,000 unauthorized Indians in the United States - a 125 percent jump since 2000, the largest percentage increase of any nation with more than 100,000 illegal immigrants in that country.
The report says though the number of Indian immigrants is low when compared to people from
Mercurynews, in its report, also says if the trend continues
The report quoting experts says virtually all immigrants enter the
"How do you get in? You come across the border, or you arrive here with a visa," Lindsay Lowell, policy director for the Institute for the Study of International Migration at
"Indians aren't going to be walking across the border like Mexicans," he said.
Federal officials calculated the number of illegal immigrants by using census estimates of the total number of immigrants from individual countries, compiling the total number of legal immigrants using federal immigration and naturalization records, and then subtracting the number of legal residents from the total immigrant population to determine the number of undocumented people, the report said.
Asked by Mercurynews about the number of illegal Indians in
Local immigration lawyers say that particularly among Indians, the ups and downs of
"Most are bachelors; the way they get here is they have a job," Gabriel Jack, a
"They come here as professionals, most often in the H-1B program, and given the fluctuations of
"The problem with the H-1B program is, you can't have any significant time between jobs" without falling out of legal status.
Indians made up 44 percent of H-1B applicants in the 2005-06 fiscal year, five times the number from second-place
The report says another source is relatives from
"Unless Congress reforms the immigration system we are going to see this high-skilled, illegal workforce emerging," said Frank D. Bean, director of the