19 students, caught in US immigration fraud, permitted to return
Nineteen Telugu students who had enrolled with Farmington University, a fake institution floated by the federal police in Michigan, US, to expose a “pay-to-stay” racket, have been granted permission for voluntary departure to India by a local court.In all, 20 students have been under detention at two centres – 12 at Callahan County detention centre and eight at Michigan Monroe detention centre -- since January 31. Of the 20, three students – two Telugus and a Palestinian -- got the departure permission last Saturday. The remaining 17, all Telugus, were granted the permission by a Michigan court on Tuesday. According to Venkat Manthena, a representative of the American Telangana Association (ATA-Telangana), one of the Telugu students who was married to a US citizen wanted to stay back and argue his own case, while another student was allowed to leave for India, but under the “US government removal” order. All the remaining students were granted permission to leave the US voluntarily. There are another 100 Telugu students held up at 30 other detention centres who are still awaiting court orders. “Some have come out of the detention centres on bail bond and others are in the process of getting the same.