Fifty-four Indians were deported back from the US in April and another set of Indians from the country will be sent back to India this month, a top US official said.
“India has improved its timeliness in issuing travel documents to its citizens under final orders of removal,” Michele Thoren Bond, Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs told lawmakers during a Congressional hearing on repatriation of convicted criminal aliens.
“Fifty-four Indian citizens returned home on an ICE charter flight in April 2016, and the Government of India is scheduling a July, 2016 charter as well,” Bond said.
ICE stands for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“We are encouraged that India is on a positive trajectory, and we intend to remain engaged on this issue with India through newly established quarterly meetings to address difficult cases and ensure processes are smooth and efficient,” Bond said.