Two Indians among 19 arrested for entering US illegally from Mexico


A truck drives by the US/Mexico border fence near the Otay commercial Port of entry in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on August 27, 2018. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)
A truck drives by the US/Mexico border fence near the Otay commercial Port of entry in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico on August 27, 2018. (GUILLERMO ARIAS/AFP/Getty Images)

Two Indians were arrested on Sunday (26) for entering the US illegally from Mexico.

The Indian nationals were among the 19 people arrested by the US border patrol officials in California for entering the country illegally by boat from Mexico, reported news agency PTI citing a US Customs and Border Protection press release. The other 17 were Mexican nationals.

According to reports, the US has admitted more than half a million illegal immigrant minors and family units from Central America since 2013. Many of them are at large in the US today.

To protect the US national security, President Donald Trump introduced a controversial ‘zero-tolerance policy’ for people who enter the country illegally. The policy demanded prosecution of anyone trying to enter the country illegally, resulting in thousands of children being separated from their parents while they awaited prosecution.

Trump reversed the decision through an executive order following widespread protests.

“So we’re going to have strong, very strong borders, but we’re going to keep the families together,” Trump said as he signed the order. “I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.”

However, the order did not contain provisions on how to reunite children that were already in the care of the federal government .

“I think the intention was to change things (but) I think there is a lot of confusion. Frankly, I think the way the order is drafted is not executable,” John Sandweg, a former director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, told CNN.