Radio tags from four more Indian students removed

The US Immigration and Custom Enforcement removed radio tags of four more Indian students of the now shut-down Tri Valley University in California.

Last Updated: Feb 25, 2011, 11:48 AM IST

Washington: The US Immigration and Custom
Enforcement on Friday removed radio tags of four more Indian
students of the now shut-down Tri Valley University in
California.

So far radio tags of 11 of the 18 Indian students have
been removed.

These students were radio tagged in California after
Tri Valley University was shut down in January on charges of
massive visa fraud.

Susmita Gongulee Thomas, the Consul General, Indian
Consulate San Francisco, hoped that the total number of Indian
students which radio tags have been moved could touch 15 later
today.

All these 15 students had sought the help of the
Indian Consulate for legal help; while the fate of the three
others is not known as they preferred to go through their own
independent lawyers.

The Indian Consulate in San Francisco worked with the
South Asian Bar Association (SABA) in this regard.

"We have now asked ICE to take off the Notice to
Appear (NTA), because as long as these notices are out
deportation proceedings can be held against you," she said,
adding that the next step for them would be the NTA to be
removed which ICE said is a procedural matter, but will due
soon.

"ICE has committed that they would no longer be
issuing NTAs. They are not sending people to the houses of the
students. They are taking to them on phone," Thomas said.

PTI