The trump administration has informed India that it seeks to send back 270 indian Nationals who are living in the United States illegally. This was revealed by the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj in the question hour in the upper house of Parliament on March 25, 2017.

However, the Indian Government has asked for more information and said that no emergency certificate would be given to these individuals unless they are confirmed, Indian citizens.

Anxiety at home after hate attacks on Indians

There is growing concern in India after a spate of attacks on Indians after Trump was voted to power.

Another point of friction is the H1B visa which allows highly professional software engineers to work in the US. The Trump administration is looking into the visa rules and wants to change it to restrict Indians from taking away jobs from locals.

Trump’s hard-line approach has emboldened many ultra Right Wing parties. However, illegal immigration is a big problem in the US and according to Pew Research, illegal immigrants born in India now number 500,000 in 2014 from 130,000 in 2009. Most of the Indians have overstayed their Visa according to the Department of Homeland Security statistics.

Tough act on illegal immigrants.

However, the Indian immigrants are far less than people from other countries like Canada and Mexico.

Trump had said that he would construct a wall along the Mexican border to keep out illegal immigrants. It also wants to start the processing of illegal immigrants quick, and a large drive is on to appoint more officers to quicken the process of deportation. Four H1B visa amendment bill is on the table but have not been passed yet.

Already the Trump administration has burnt its fingers in its effort to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law; Henceforth the government will try its bets to seal any chinks in other bills including H1B visa amendment bills. India will have to tread carefully diplomatically since it will now be dealing with a bruised Trump Administration.