Homeland Security Strapping GPS Devices To Indian Students Victimized By Scam
from the welcome-to-america dept
Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) group sure know how to create “international incidents” left and right. The latest (as pointed out by Slashdot) is that as part of the process of reviewing the cases of a bunch of Indian students who were allegedly duped by an operation called “Tri-Valley University” in California, ICE agents have put GPS tagging ankle-bracelets on the students to track their movements. According to the reports, Tri-Valley was a “sham” that helped foreign nationals gain immigration status in the US. That certainly sounds like it’s broken the law, but to then go and tag the students with GPS monitoring bracelets while ICE sorts this all out seems rather aggressive — and officials back in India are protesting the way the students are being treated:
But New Delhi is not happy with students being treated like criminals. Expressing “serious concern,” a government spokesman said India has conveyed to the US authorities that the students, “most of who are victims themselves, must be treated fairly and reasonably, and that the use of monitors on a group of students, who were detained and later released with monitors in accordance with US laws, is unwarranted and should be removed.”
It’s almost as if ICE’s goal is to make the US government an even bigger laughingstock for being the stereotypical over aggressive law enforcement cowboys often portrayed in the movies.