Record Number Of Indian Illegals Crossing Into US: Wall Street Journal
India-West News Desk
NEW YORK, NY – A substantial influx of Indian immigrants into the US via its southern border has garnered attention, with The Wall Street Journal reporting that approximately 42,000 individuals were intercepted in the past year alone, according to recent federal statistics.
US Customs and Border Protection disclosed this figure last month, revealing that it is more than double the number from the same period in the previous year when Indian crossings had already reached a record high. The total number of migrant encounters for the fiscal year has surged to 2.48 million, up from 2.38 million in 2022, marking a historic first in this regard.
US Customs and Border Protection data further reveals that between February 2019 and March 2023, a staggering 1.49 lakh (149,000) Indians were detained while attempting illegal entry into the US. Moreover, during this escalating problem, over 1,600 more people crossed the northern border, a fourfold increase compared to the previous three years combined.
Many of these Indian immigrants enter the country for economic reasons, although they are not eligible for asylum. A significant motivating factor for these migrants is the influence of other Indians who have successfully found employment in the US through similar means.
These individuals often find themselves lured by traffickers employing a method known as “donkey flights,” a term derived from a Punjabi saying meaning “to hop from one area to another.” This tactic exploits immigration loopholes, involving multiple stops in different countries before gaining access to a foreign nation.
Various social media platforms have featured videos showing men and women taking different routes to reach the United States, one of the most perilous being the Darien jungle—a hazardous 66-mile passage between Panama and Colombia that leads to Central America and the United States. Known for its venomous wildlife, treacherous terrain, and challenging navigation, it is considered one of the riskiest migration routes globally.
In the past, Indian illegals favored entering the US through the border with Mexico rather than the border with Canada. However, the number of arrests on the US-Mexico border closely aligned with those at the US-Canada border in September, totaling 3,862. Many of these illegal immigrants, most of whom are reported to be from Gujarat, have either settled in Canada or are awaiting a chance to enter the United States.
According to The Wall Street Journal, Mexico tops the list globally in terms of infiltrators, with 21 lakh (2.1 million) individuals, followed by Honduras (6.42 lakh), Guatemala (6.37 lakh), Cuba (4.06 lakh), and Venezuela (3.23 lakh).