The Obama administration has announced that it will take action against over 300 Indian students for allegedly trying to extend their stay in the United States by illegal means.
"For the most part, they all came on legitimate student visas. It was actually when they were in the country that some of them allegedly sought to extend their stay in the US — that's my understanding," Mark Toner, state department deputy spokesman, said.
As many as 306 Indian students were caught in a sting operation by the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Twenty one brokers and middle men, including 11 people of Indian origin, were arrested last week as a result of the operation.
Toner, in a briefing in Washington, on late Monday India time, said only those students who tried to illegitimately extend their stay in the US will be taken to task and no genuine student will be harassed.
MEA sources told ET that India hopes due processes of law would be pursued while taking action against students. Earlier, India had objected to genuine student visa holders being deported from the US airports.