Cosmo_R wrote:I think you assume wrong.
I assumed what?
The point is that Indian students or any others are not being singled out for ankle collars. White men even politicians, are subject to the same laws.
When was the last time a white man had to wear a ankle collar because his contact in US was running a fraud on him?
If the students could prove they had not broken the immigration laws—meaning they had documents in order, they would be free to go.
Their documents are obviously not in order, how could it, the documents involved a fraud univ. However the fraud univ was running in US and Indians did not run the fraud univ. Merely joined it.
If they could not produce valid documents, the laws require ICE to ensure that they do not 'disappear'. In practice, this means put them in jail or put tracking collars in lieu of bail (expensive). They are being 'prosecuted' not 'persecuted'.
I see you are quite comfortable with how the concept is put into practice, which is fine, however as Indians if they are not fine with it, their wishes should be respected. You are after all not talking about fence hoppers, these people gave good money (from India I might add) to buy services in US.
This is like putting your customers in jail because your desk clerk was quietly taking a cut without informing the customer.
What you have to (optional) understand is that it's not discretionary. The ICE officers (not a nice bunch) have no authority to decide. It's not a question of 'minor' or 'major' infringement.
Certainly, they should follow the law of ensuring that if the students are guilty proper punishment should be handed out. The question is, how civilized are their practices in treating, what are effectively customers of US at the moment.
Granted, we don't know all the details. That means we cannot assume anything including whether the students were duped or whether they were accomplices in some sort of H1B scam as Charlie ^^^ posted.
Sure, and I think tagging people before such details are also presented in public domain is grossly uncivilized.
All of us understand that it is a nation of laws that are applied fairly 99% of the time
I am sorry, I am under no such illusions. There is no shortage of people who were incorrectly incarcerated, and Dick Cheny's who run around free after shooting people.