311 Indians deported, relieved to be home

The 310 men and one woman that INM said were in Mexico illegally were sent on a chartered flight, accompanied by federal immigration agents and Mexico’s National Guard. They arrived in New Delhi on Friday.

Mexico : Over 300 Indians have been deported to Delhi from Mexico, the National Migration Institute (INM) said late on Wednesday, calling it an unprecedented transatlantic deportation. The move follows a deal Mexico struck with the United States in June, vowing to significantly curb US-bound migration in exchange for averting US tariffs on Mexican exports.

“It is unprecedented in INM’s history – in either form or the number of people – for a transatlantic air transport like the one carried out on this day,” INM said in a statement.

For six months, these 311 Indians had responded to numbers. “308,” the guard at the camp for illegal immigrants in Mexico would call out and someone would step forward. “201” and another would resignedly acknowledge the summons. It was, therefore, with deep contentment that these Indians heard their names being called by relatives after they disembarked from the chartered Boeing 747 aircraft at Indira Gandhi International Airport on Friday.

The 310 men and one woman that INM said were in Mexico illegally were sent on a chartered flight, accompanied by federal immigration agents and Mexico’s National Guard. They arrived in New Delhi on Friday.

This was enough to fill 24-year-old Rahul Yadav from Karnal with new hope. Locked up in a UN immigrants’ camp at Tapachula, central Mexico, he had bruises and eczema to show for his struggle to survive there, where he was fed rice and pest-infested beans. Yadav, a BSc graduate, had paid a huge sum to agents to be able to live the American dream, but ended up in tin sheds erected to hold people trying to illegally enter Donald Trump’s US.The 310 men and a woman – all swindled by agents – had been apprehended from the Mexican states of Oaxaca, Baja California, Veracruz, Chiapas, Sonora, Mexico City, Durango and Tabasco. Many of them are apparently from Punjab, others from Haryana and Gujarat, and a few from Jammu & Kashmir.

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