Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Photo: (1) A view of Tri-Valley University and (2) A student with his ankle radio-tagged

First Racist Attacks In Australia, Now Indian Students Electronically Tagged After University Fraud In USA

An estimated 123,000 Indian students leave their homes and family each year to study overseas. For the United States alone its $13 billion a year industry and a new crisis has this week hit students in California leaving many angry, upset and facing deportation.

This crisis comes off the back of the panic that set into the Indian community after students studying in Australia were victimized in a series of racist attacks.

In just one of number of events, in 2009 a shudder was sent down the spine of many students when 5 men slashed 21 year old Nardeep Singh with a knife in an attempted robbery.

This week a new crisis has hit the community as 900 Indian students face deportation after the Tri-Valley University was shut down by American officials accused of immigration fraud.

The university advertises itself as 'a Christian Higher Education Institution aiming to offer rigorous and excellent quality academic programs in the context of Christian faith and world view' is based in Silicon Valley.

Yet papers were last week filed in the California court by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency after it is believed that the university had illegally assisted foreign students to acquire immigration status.

The allegations are centered around the University claims that the 1555 students were living in the state of California when in fact many were working in other states including Maryland and Texas.

While branding the organization as a 'sham university' now the students have the final indignity of being required to wear electronic tags around their ankles to enable immigration authorities the ability to monitor their movements, while each is facing the very real prospect of being deported.

The incident has caused further shock waves for Indian students and their families with many prospective students now canceling their tickets for the next intake.

Courtesy: Mary Banfield:

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