Will identify all illegal immigrants, deport them: Amit Shah in RS

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Speaking on illegal immigrants issue in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said the government will identify all illegal immigrants residing in the country and deport them as per the international law.

Shah said, “We will identify all the illegal immigrants and infiltrators living on every inch of this country and deport them as per the international law.”

His comments in the Upper House comes a day after the Central government has observed that it has adopted a multi-pronged approach to ensure effective surveillance and domination of international borders to check infiltration of illegal immigrants.

While the Ministry of Home Affairs had said in a written reply to Parvesh Sahib Singh in Lok Sabha that physical infrastructure like border fencing, floodlighting, construction of border roads and establishment of border outposts have been created.

It had informed that border guarding forces conduct regular patrolling and establish observation posts and carry out anti-tunnelling exercises to stop illegal infiltration. However, some illegal immigrants are still able to enter into India in a clandestine and surreptitious manner, mainly due to difficult mountainous and riverine terrain in parts of the long international borders.

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The Ministry had said that to deal with such illegal immigrants, the powers of the Central government under Section 3 of The Foreigners Act, 1946, have been enforced to detect, detain and deport illegal foreign nationals.

The exercise to update NRC 1951 is being conducted under special provisions in respect of State of Assam under The Citizenship Act, 1955 and The Citizenship (Registration of Citizens and issue of National Identity Cards) Rules, 2003, it had read.

The apex court is monitoring the NRC exercise aimed at identifying illegal immigrants in Assam, which has been facing an influx of people from Bangladesh for decades.

Last month on June 26, over a lakh people were excluded from the draft NRC in Assam after an additional list of exclusions was published.

The NRC containing the names of Indian citizens was prepared in 1951. When the draft NRC was published on July 30, 2018, there was a huge controversy over the exclusion of 40.7 lakh people from it.

The final list of the NRC is set to be published on July 31 this year.

(With ANI inputs)



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