Wednesday, June 20, 2018
facebook

google plus
52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, held at Oregon detention centre in US
Photo for representational purpose only.

52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, held at Oregon detention centre in US

19 Jun 2018 | 11:27 PM

WASHINGTON: A group of 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, has been held at a detention centre in the US State of Oregon for being part of a large contingent of illegal immigrants seeking asylum, an American lawmaker has said.

[ + read story ]

Washington, June 19

A group of 52 Indians, mostly Sikhs, has been held at a detention centre in the US State of Oregon for being part of a large contingent of illegal immigrants seeking asylum, an American lawmaker has said.

The Indians form the largest group of detainees in the total 123 illegal immigrants being held at a facility in Sheridan.

The detention centre was recently visited by a group of Democratic lawmakers from the Oregon State, who later told the media about the alleged inhuman condition of the illegal immigrants. The immigrants are seeking asylum in the US.

The detainees from India is the largest group of detainees being held in Sheridan, wrote Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici on her blog post. She along with several other Democratic lawmakers from the State visited the detention centre Saturday.

"Through our Punjabi translator, we learned that these men were planning to request asylum because they faced severe religious persecution in India. Most are Sikh or Christian. Instead they were incarcerated in a federal prison," she said.

"They said they came to the United States for religious freedom, but they felt as if they were 'going crazy' because they are being confined in small cells for up to 22 hours a day," the Congresswoman said.

The Indian detainees pointed out that the other non-immigrant prisoners get far more time out of cells, she said.

Most of the detainees at the federal facility are asking for asylum because they experienced violence or persecution in their home countries, Bonamici said.

Several had travelled to the border with a wife and a child or children; none knew where their family members are, she said.

"This is a shameful hour in US history. I don't care what your stance on immigration is, no one should favour ripping children out of their parents' arms ...." Democratic Congressman Earl Blumenauer told reporters after visiting the detention center.

He alleged that President Donald Trump and Attorney-General Jeff Sessions have doubled down on their anti-immigrant, xenophobic agenda with the administration's new "zero tolerance" policy on immigration.

"The administration is criminalising families who are fleeing abuse and violence and separating children as ICE detains or deports their parents," he said in a statement.

According to the local daily 'The Oregonian', of the total detainees, 52 have identified themselves as Sikhs or Christians from India.

They alleged that they fled their country because of religious persecution from the Hindu majority. The Indians told the delegation that their Hindi and Punjabi translators were the first outsiders they've been able to talk to since they were imprisoned weeks ago, the daily reported.

The Congressional delegation included Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden.

"As the child of parents whose families found refuge in America from the terrors of Nazi Germany, I strongly believe Donald Trump's cruel and callous treatment of human beings seeking asylum flies in the face of America's core humanitarian values," Wyden said.

"Trump's choice of zero tolerance for the refugees we met today and for the others imprisoned around the country this Father's Day weekend makes zero sense and shows zero understanding of American values.

"What I saw and heard today highlights the urgency of reversing Trump's mean, dangerous and damaging actions – returning America to our unique role as a beacon of hope that welcomed our immigrant ancestors and creating the future we want for our children," he said.

These 123 detainees are among the more than 1,600 people that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is holding in federal prisons across the US as it enforces Trump's "zero-tolerance policy" on immigration, the lawmakers said in a joint statement.

The men come from 16 different countries: Bangladesh, Brazil, Cameroon, China, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, India, Mauritania, Nepal, Peru and Russia, as well as from Congo and Eritrea, it said.

The Congressional delegation were told that that detainees are being held upwards for 23 hours a day with three men bunked in each cell. The prison does not have the resources to house ICE detainees alongside pre-trial inmates who are normally held in the facility.

The delegation was also told that incompatibility between BOP and ICE telephone systems was preventing ICE detainees at the BOP facility from accessing legal services.

According to lawmakers, the detainees described stress as they sit in cells day after day without knowing when they will get a hearing, or get a lawyer, or what comes next.

"Several men had been separated from their children, and experienced the added stress of not knowing what happened to their families.

"Under Trump's 'zero-tolerance policy', the men's children were taken away at the border — one man said an ICE official told him, 'it's not my choice; the decision came from above' — and the fathers still don't have any information about their location, condition or well-being," the lawmakers said. PTI

BJP calls it quits, Mehbooba government falls in J&K
Play

BJP calls it quits, Mehbooba government falls in J&K

19 Jun 2018 | 8:49 PM

NEW DELHI: The BJP on Tuesday ended its alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and pulled out of the PDP-led Jammu and Kashmir government. General Secretary Ram Madhav said: "It has become untenable for the BJP to continue in the alliance government in Jammu and Kashmir.”

Vohra recommends Governor’s rule in J&K

Vohra recommends Governor’s rule in J&K

19 Jun 2018 | 8:52 PM

SRINAGAR: Jammu & Kashmir Governor NN Vohra recommended Governor’s rule in the state on Tuesday evening after Bharatiya Janata Party pulled out of the state government, forcing Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti to step down.

Opposition slams BJP pullout; blames it for Kashmir instability

Opposition slams BJP pullout; blames it for Kashmir instability

19 Jun 2018 | 7:02 PM

NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of ruining the situation in Kashmir and then pulling out of the alliance government at its convenience.

Afternoon call from Governor Vohra ended Mehbooba’s CM tenure

Afternoon call from Governor Vohra ended Mehbooba’s CM tenure

19 Jun 2018 | 9:45 PM

SRINAGAR: Mehbooba Mufti’s tenure as Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister came to an abrupt end on Tuesday with a call from Governor N N Vohra, who informed her that the BJP had pulled out of its alliance with the PDP, officials said.

Kejriwal calls off sit-in protest after L-G asks him to meet bureaucrats

Kejriwal calls off sit-in protest after L-G asks him to meet bureaucrats

19 Jun 2018 | 7:40 PM

NEW DELHI: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called off his nine-day sit-in protest at Delhi Lieutenant Governor Anil Baijal’s office on Tuesday in a series of developments that indicated that the logjam had been resolved.

Nirmala Sitharaman's husband resigns as AP's Communications Adviser

Nirmala Sitharaman's husband resigns as AP's Communications Adviser

19 Jun 2018 | 7:33 PM

HYDERABAD: The Communications Adviser to the Andhra Pradesh government, Parakala Prabhakar, has resigned from his post, saying he was hurt by the “slanderous campaign” by leaders of the opposition YSR Congress Party.

French Sikhs urge Sushma Swaraj to renew passports of asylum seekers’ families
Play

French Sikhs urge Sushma Swaraj to renew passports of asylum seekers’ families

19 Jun 2018 | 9:31 PM

JALANDHAR: Sikhs community asked Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday to renew Indian passports of those people whose families have been given asylum in France.

Respect lawmakers; Haryana govt circular worries bureaucracy

Respect lawmakers; Haryana govt circular worries bureaucracy

19 Jun 2018 | 1:40 PM

CHANDIGARH: The directions issued by the Haryana Government to its bureaucrats to show respect to elected MLAs and MPs has led to resentment among babus.

Choreographer arrested for making hoax bomb call to Indigo

Choreographer arrested for making hoax bomb call to Indigo

19 Jun 2018 | 7:58 PM

JAIPUR: A choreographer was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly making a hoax bomb call after missing a Jaipur-Mumbai Indigo flight, an official said.

Post-Brexit UK-India partnership can shape global economy: UK minister

Post-Brexit UK-India partnership can shape global economy: UK minister

19 Jun 2018 | 6:18 PM

LONDON: The first-ever UK-India Week was launched here on Tuesday with the message that a post-Brexit bilateral trade partnership has the potential to shape the global economy.

Govt puts off Air India stake sale for now; to give funds for operations

Govt puts off Air India stake sale for now; to give funds for operations

19 Jun 2018 | 1:42 PM

NEW DELHI: The government has decided not to go ahead with Air India stake sale in an election year and will provide required funds for its operations, a senior official said.

US rappers XXXTentacion, Jimmy Wopo shot dead in separate shootings

US rappers XXXTentacion, Jimmy Wopo shot dead in separate shootings

19 Jun 2018 | 9:40 AM

MIAMI: Two up-and-coming US rappers, XXXTentacion and Jimmy Wopo, were killed on Monday in separate shootings near Miami and in Pittsburgh, police and local media reported.


ICICI Bank imbroglio

Preferring CEO over shareholders


Neglect of humanities

Schools lack infrastructure, quality teachers

Stuck in the middle of it all


Political lessons from World Cup

Political lessons from World Cup

Nirmal Sandhu

Punjab’s antidote to drugs and hopelessness is a throbbing sports culture

Kafkaesque existence for PoK refugees

Harbans Singh Mahalwee

Today, on World Refugee Day, The Tribune highlights the plight of 5,300 families from PoK, most of them in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal, who have been denied adequate relief.

more Opinion...
Kejri calls off 9-day sit-in at LG’s office

Kejri calls off 9-day sit-in at LG’s office

20 Jun 2018 | 1:45 AM

NEW DELHI:Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday called off his nine-day sit-in at the Lieutenant Governor’s office after IAS officers started attending meetings convened by AAP ministers, which Kejriwal called a “small victory”.

CITY FOCUS

Chandigarh bans private coaching classes during school hours

19 Jun 2018 | 1:52 PM

CHANDIGARH: Authorities in Chandigarh on Tuesday announced a ban on private coaching classes during school hours. The ban would be effective from July 1, District Magistrate Ajit Balaji Joshi said.

NoPhoto for representational purpose only. Thinkstock

Ludhiana NRI had ketamine unit in Goa

19 Jun 2018 | 7:33 PM

PANIPAT: Jimmy Sandhu, an NRI who hails from Ludhiana, who was arrested from a private hospital here by a team of the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence on June 14, is a key player of an international drug racket busted recently by the DRI, Mumbai zone.

No

Settle Rs 31,000-cr food account: Capt to PM

19 Jun 2018 | 1:49 AM

NEW DELHI: Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh on Monday sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention for settlement of Rs 31,000 crore ‘food account’ against procurement of wheat and paddy, a matter hanging fire for long.

No

Sangrur’s Eliza topper in AIIMS exam

19 Jun 2018 | 1:43 PM

PANCHKULA:Sangrur girl Eliza on Monday aced the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) MBBS entrance examination, even as students from Punjab and Haryana bagged the top four positions.

collapse stories
G’gram faces ‘aqua-calypse’

G’gram faces ‘aqua-calypse’

20 Jun 2018 | 12:59 AM

GURUGRAM: The Niti Aayog’s latest report titled “Composite Water Management Index” says Delhi, along with 20 other cities, will be left without groundwater by 2020.

Fed up by delay, govt tells  firms to expedite projects

Fed up by delay, govt tells firms to expedite projects

20 Jun 2018 | 12:44 AM

SHIMLA: Not willing to accept any further delay in the completion of allotted hydropower projects, the cash-strapped Himachal Government has sought the revised completion schedules of 21 stalled hydropower projects having a capacity of 684 MW.

Mehbooba: Not shocked, PDP wasn’t in alliance for power

Mehbooba: Not shocked, PDP wasn’t in alliance for power

20 Jun 2018 | 1:21 AM

SRINAGAR: Shortly after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of the J&K coalition government, which came as a surprise to its alliance partner PDP, Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti submitted her resignation to Governor NN Vohra.

Tollywood’s tryst with U’khand

Tollywood’s tryst with U’khand

19 Jun 2018 | 1:00 AM

DEHRADUN:Following in the footsteps of the Hindi film directors, crew and caste of a Telugu film started shooting a movie in Dehradun on Monday.

Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 bn

Trump threatens new tariffs on Chinese goods worth $200 bn

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

WASHINGTON/BEIJING: US President Donald Trump has threatened to impose tariffs on an additional $200 billion worth of Chinese goods unless Beijing ceases its “unfair practices”, escalating a trade war between the world’s two largest economies that jolted the global stock markets.

Air India stake sale put on hold

Air India stake sale put on hold

20 Jun 2018 | 12:58 AM

NEW DELHI:The government has decided not to go ahead with Air India stake sale in an election year and will provide required funds for its operations, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Yo-Yo effect: BCCI for fitness tests before selection

19 Jun 2018 | 2:06 PM

NEW DELHI: The BCCI has decided to conduct fitness tests of players before they are picked in the national team to avoid embarrassing late withdrawals like the ones by Mohammad Shami and Ambati Rayudu from the Test and ODI sides after failing the ‘Yo-Yo’ test.

No

India skipped FIFA World Cup in 1950

19 Jun 2018 | 2:19 AM

CHANDIGARH:How Indian football fans wish their team played in the FIFA World Cup? Will that day ever come? No one knows, but rest assured, there is no hope anytime soon.

No

Koepka wins back-to-back titles

19 Jun 2018 | 2:19 AM

NEW YORK:American Brooks Koepka putted brilliantly to win the US Open by one stroke at Shinnecock Hills on Sunday, becoming the first player in almost 30 years to successfully defend his title.

collapse stories
Mind, body and soul

Mind, body and soul

18 Jun 2018 | 12:07 AM

Escorting market to the farm

11 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM
Contractually committedcontract farming

Contractually committed

11 Jun 2018 | 12:46 AM
Get the genes to growGenetic engineering

Get the genes to grow

20 Jun 2018 | 12:38 AM
Issue of employabilityCareer Hotline

Issue of employability

20 Jun 2018 | 12:38 AM
coursechat

Understanding real estate finance

20 Jun 2018 | 12:38 AM
Summer internship camp for studentsnewsboard

Summer internship camp for students

20 Jun 2018 | 12:38 AM
  • SpectrumBound by boundaries of language

    Bound by boundaries of language

    Although India, as a country, produces a huge, diverse body of what is called regional literature in its 23-odd constitutionally recognised languages, Indian writers who write in Hindi or in regional languages have to struggle to be heard and read in the charmed circles of Indian readership.

  • From manuscripts to scripts

    Amit Dutta’s Aadmi ki Aurat Aur Anya Kahaniyan (2009), which is fast becoming a landmark in Indian cinema, has a section called Adam ki Aurat based on Vinod Kumar Shukla’s Hindi short story by the same name.

  • A far cry from a glorious past

    Punjabi is an Indo-Aryan language spoken by about 130 million people and ranks as the 10th most widely spoken language of the world.

more Spectrum...