Hyderabad: In a shocking report, 18 students, all from Telangana and Andhra Pradhesh returned Hyderabad early today. They were deported by the American authorities. The students had gone to the US to join various universities. However, they were sent back from New York airport by three different airlines after cancelling their visas.
The students were subjected to ill-treatment and exhaustive interrogation by the US Customs Border Protection at John F Kennedy Airport International Airport. They, however, possessed all the valid documents.
They claimed that they were detained for several hours in freezing temperature rooms without drinking water and food. The students were asked to leave the country without any reason and asked not return to the US for the next five years. The students were send back after being humiliated and insulted despite possessing all valid documents.
The students who got admissions were also sent back. Among them was a student who had gone to join Northwestern Polytechnic University, California. Yet the officers told him that there was problem with his visa.
“They asked me if I bought the visa,” he said. “I was told that if I wanted I could apply again for admission into another university and come back,” he added.
The officials were not convinced when students pointed out that the institutions were not blacklisted by the US authorities. Several other incidents of students being sent back either after landing in the US or from destinations enroute like Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
So far about 90 students, who had left after completing all formalities including admission letters from the universities, were sent back during last three to four months. As many as 14 students, who had taken admission at two California universities, were sent back from San Francisco on December 19. Air India recently stopped 15 students from boarding the San Francisco flight at Hyderabad airport.