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In what was described as an unprecedented Transatlantic deportation, a total of 311 people from India, including a woman, have been deported by Mexican immigration authorities from Toluca to New Delhi. The National Immigration Institute said in a statement late Oct. 16 that it had deported the migrants who had been detained by immigration officials in eight Mexican states, including in southern Mexico where many Indian migrants enter the country.


In April 2014, 42 illegal migrants from Punjab, India went on a hunger strike in the federal immigration detention center in El Paso, Texas,where they were seeking asylum in the U.S. Among them was Buta Singh, a clean-shaven Sikh of about 30, whose flight to escape alleged police torture the previous year had taken him first to Central America by air from New Delhi. From there he traveled north by land and was arrested at the U.S.-Mexico border by U.S. Border patrol.