Gujarat: Awaiting deportation, 6 ‘working’ in US | Ahmedabad News –

AHMEDABAD: Adamant on living the American dream despite surviving a nightmare, six illegal immigrants awaiting deportation to India are learnt to have taken up jobs in the US unlawfully, said police sources. These men, all from north Gujarat, had nearly drowned in the St Regis while illegally crossing over to the US in April. They were rescued by the agencies of Canada and the US from a sinking boat.
Exempted from criminal proceedings by a New York district court and under surveillance, they are set to be deported to India. But while that happens, they have decided to work and earn in the US despite not being permitted to do so, said police officials.
This was revealed when the team of state police spoke to the men’s relatives who live in Mehsana. “The uncle of one of the six men under detention told us that he and the others started working and earning even as they were waiting to be deported to India,” said an officer of Gujarat police. Another officer said that these illegal immigrants have been made to wear electronic ankle or hand monitors (as an alternative to incarceration) so that their movements can be tracked. Despite that, they have managed to find work in local stores.
“‘Kadu peheri lidhu’ (they are wearing bracelets) is what their relatives told us. They also said that the men may have found a loophole to avoid detection,” said an officer of a state agency. The six men were identified by the US agencies as Amit Patel (22), Dhruv Patel (22), Neel Patel (19), Urvesh Patel (20), Saavan Patel (19) and Darshan Patel (21).
On April 28, Akwesasne Mohawk police service notified the St Regis Mohawk Tribal police department about intercepting a boat moving from Canada towards the US and rescuing six Gujaratis just as they were about to drown in the St Regis. All of them had pleaded guilty to attempting to enter the US illegally.
On May 24, New York’s Northern District court exempted them from criminal proceedings with an advice that they should return to their country and tell fellow countrymen not to use illegal means to travel to the US. During the investigation of the case, it has been revealed that all the six men managed high IELTS (International English Language Testing System) bands even as they did not speak English and needed a translator at the court to understand the legal proceedings.