The figures were released by US immigration and Custom enforcement (ICE) to the North American Punjabi Association (NAPA) under the Freedom of Information act (FOIA) which is similar to Right to Information Act in India. In the fiscal year 2013, as many as 4,057 Indian nationals were detained by federal law enforcement agencies, of which 2,539 were released either by bond or on parole, said Satnam Singh Chahal, NAPA executive director.

The number of Indian detained at the US borders while trying to illegally sneak in the year 2014 dropped to 2,306, according to figures released by ICE. In 2014, as many as 2,300 Indians were released on either bond or parole. It is not necessarily of those released in 2014 were detained the same year, ICE clarified. According to ICE, in 2013, as many as 286 Indians were deported to India, while in 2014 Indians were removed to India.

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