Washington: Accusing India along with
China, Iran and four other countries of refusing to take back
their nationals who were deported from the US, a lawmaker here
has introduced a legislation aimed at denying aid to such
nations and visas to their nationals.
Speaking on the floor of the House of Representatives,
Congressman Ted Poe, said the number of such "criminal aliens"
in the US had increased to 160,000. However, he did not give
details of how many of them were from India.
"Right now there are over 160,000 of these criminal
aliens roaming our nation and our streets. These people have
been lawfully deported after they`ve served their prison time,
but their home nation refuses to take them back," Poe said.
He said several countries were refusing to take back
their lawfully convicted nationals, naming Vietnam, Jamaica,
China, India, Ethiopia, Laos, and Iran.
"These individuals are really people without a country.
So what happens to them? Because they have served their time
in our Federal and State prisons for felonies, they are
actually released back into our communities," Poe said.
Introducing the legislation in the House Poe said: "This
bill says that any country who won`t take back lawfully
convicted foreign nationals who have been deported will lose
Poe said for countries like China, which do not receive
foreign aid, the bill has a provision for denying legal visas
for their citizens to come into the US.
"No more student visas for China if they won`t take back
their convicted criminals that have been deported. None
whatsoever," he said.
Noting that the current law says the US government may
deny visas under these circumstances, he alleged the State
Department seems to refuse to send individuals back to their
countries because they don`t want to hurt their feelings.
"My bill won`t allow the State Department to ignore that
portion of the law. Therefore, it will be mandatory. If they
refuse to take back convicted foreign nationals, that nation
will lose the right to come here legally," Poe said.
"We need to make sure that these individuals don`t come
here in the first place, especially the criminal element. All
sorts of dangerous things are coming across our wide-open
borders," he said.