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15 Punjabi Youths are Missing While Trying to Enter the US Illegally

North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) executive director, Satnam Singh Chahal said nine went missing while trying to cross the Mexico-US border, and six went missing trying to cross the Bahamas islands-US border.

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WASHINGTON, DC: At least 15 Punjab boys have gone missing while trying to enter the US illegally.

North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) executive director, Satnam Singh Chahal said nine went missing while trying to cross the Mexico-US border, and six went missing trying to cross the Bahamas islands-US border.

The Mexican Army intercepted the group, comprising 56 people when they just an hour’s distance away from the US border, the families of the missing boys told the organization.

“Six detained Punjabi boys were later released and they reached the US. However, 11 were taken away and they still remain untraceable,” Chahal was quoted.

The families had paid Rs,19.5 lakh each to a Delhi-based agent so as to send their children to the United States, claimed Satnam Singh Chahal.

Moreover, the families also collectively paid another Rs.45 lakh to various “fraud agents” so that the boys can call home while on their way to the USA.

“The families are now running from pillar to post trying to know about the fate of their loved ones,” Mr Chahal said.

“It is very unfortunate that hundreds of young Indians, mainly from Punjab and Gujarat, try to cross the US-Mexico border every day where immigration laws at Texas near the Mexican border are the most stringent and a majority of them are caught by the US immigration officials,” Mr Chahal added.

Satnam Singh Chahal has urged the Indian as well as the Punjab government to locate the missing Punjab boys by contacting the Mexican and US authorities to find out whether the boys are alive or dead.

In addition, Chahal appealed to the youth to not enter the United States of America through illegal means.

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