Trump’s move to rescind DACA may affect 7000 Indian Americans

Donald Trump plans to soon end a programme that allows work permits to immigrants who arrived in America illegally as children. The move may impact more than 7000 Indian Americans.

The programme, known as the Deferred Action for Children Arrival (DACA) was one of major immigration reform under the Obama administration.

On Friday September 1, White House Secretary Sarah Anderson addressed reporters that Trump would take a decision the following day but Politico in its exclusive story reported on September 3 that Trump had already decided to cancel the programme and senior administration officials are in discussions regarding the roll out of Trump’s decision. But Politico also reported that the officials have cautioned Trump’s decision may change until it is formally made public.

Such a decision, which Trump has been supporting since his campaigning days, may draw major backlash even from his own Republican party. The decision to rescind DACA may affect almost 75,000 undocumented workers including more than 7,000 Indian Americans.

According to the latest US Citizenship and Immigration Services statistics, India ranks 11 in the countries of origin among DACA students.

CATO Institute in its study released a week ago stated that DACA’s termination may result in the possible deportation of these students could cost more than $200 billion to the economy an $60 billion to the US government.

Sources: HT, TOI

NRI Couple lose Custody after Alleged Child Abuse Complaint in Norway

A five-year old child has been taken into custody by the Norwegian authorities after complaints of alleged child abuse by his parents. The officials accused the parents of beating the child. The parents, in turn accused Norway’s Child Welfare Department of forcibly taking child custody on the basis of a fabricated complaint.

Bharatiya Janata Party member, Vijay Jolly, informed the media that the government is well-versed with the incident and that they’re in middle of pleading the case against the Norwegian authorities. The child’s father, Anil Kumar, refuted all in a statement. It said that without prior information, the Norwegian authorities took the child into custody and interrogated the parents for a long time.

Jolly, in his letter, mentioned that disciplining children is a common practice in Asia and it does not amount to child cruelty. While the family is said to be considerably upset, the government seems to be in constant touch with their Embassy in Norway. External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj, also asked the Embassy to send a detailed report.

This is the third time within the last five years that concerned authorities have taken forced custody over the pretext of ‘child welfare’. Earlier in 2011 and 2012, the Norwegian officials had separated Indian parents from their children on the grounds of harassment.


Sources:, Indian Express