An Indian Sikh man who left persecution in his country and has been in the US for almost 20 years was arrested in California after losing his latest appeal over a deportation order. Gurmukh Singh, who is wedded to an American citizen and has two US-born daughters, was taken into confinement on Monday by federal agents after failing to get a halt in his case, his attorney and family told. Earlier, India and the United States are all decided to conduct naval exercise Malabar in the Bay of Bengal, the first significant military drill after Donald Trump took over as President.
The Sikh taxi driver 46-year-old from India’s Punjab state crept into the US without a visa through the boundary with Mexico in 1998. He had later applied for asylum, citing religious persecution. But his family and lawyer say he neglected to pursue the case properly and was ordered dismissed.
Singh wedded a US citizen in 2010, but his extradition case resurfaced when he employed for a residency permit in 2012 given his new status. He was consequently jailed for about five months, but after rights activists had posted his bail, he was discharged, and his case has since been going through the appeals process.
His family mentioned in the past several years, and he had been monitoring in with the office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement on a regular basis pending the consequence of his appeals against the deportation order. Alexis Perez Nava, with Flexibility Orange County, a group helping with his case, told Singh was confined yesterday after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals denied a request to revoke the deportation order.
“We are devastated. It has totally broken us apart, emotionally and physically,” Singh’s 18-year-old daughter Manpreet said AFP. She told her father has no criminal report, had always paid his taxes and just sought to live a regular life and feed his family.
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“Watching him normally break down is probably the last thing any daughter needs to see,” Manpreet told, her voice breaking. “He just seemed to us this morning” and added “I don’t know what is going to happen to us anymore. Please excuse me and take care,” she added.
Lori Haley, an ICE spokeswoman, told Singh was ordered detained after his case had “undergone exhaustive inspection at all levels of our nation’s legal system.” She attached that while the priority for federal authorities was to focus on criminal aliens who pose a menace to public safety, those like Singh who infringe immigration laws were not exempt from action.
“All those in the destruction of our nation’s immigration laws may be subject to arrest, detention and, if found detachable by final order, eliminated from the United States,” she said in an email. Singh’s arrest comes amid a clampdown by the administration of President Donald Trump against undocumented immigrants.