Published On: Nov 21, 2019

The first feeling Ravinder Singh, 25, had on touching down at Delhi was a sense of relief over his wrists and legs being untied before he stepped out of the chartered plane at IGI Airport on Wednesday morning. But he soon sobered up when he remembered the money his father had spent both on getting him to the United States and then trying to get him freed from a detention camp for illegal migrants there. It was a bittersweet moment to be back on home soil for Singh, a resident of Kaithal in Haryana. Sharing his mixed feelings were the other Indian detainees — 142 men and three women — who had been deported by the US for staying in the country without proper documents. It was a humiliating return journey for the group, trussed up as they were like common criminals during the flight from Arizona to Delhi, via Dhaka. They had paid agents around Rs 25 lakh each to clandestinely enter the US through different borders. Some even worked for a while before being detected by immigration authorities in Arizona, California, Texas, Georgia, New Jersey and Mississippi and confined to migrant camps, where they said conditions were challenging.  

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