US politicians slam immigration officials

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Washington

Leading American politicians expres­sed their outrage on Wednesday at immigration officials for creating a fake university to entrap and deport hundreds of foreign students. “This is cruel and appalling,” said US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren. “These students simply drea­med of getting the high-quality higher education America can offer. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deceived and entrapped them just to deport them,” Senator Warren tweeted. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, another Democrat, also criticised the ICE scheme in a tweet. “Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students. Yet we were called radical for opposing it,” she wrote. She urged lawmakers to oppose such “mass incarceration” schemes. The operation during 2017 and 2019 offered students a chance to enroll at the so-called University of Farmington to maintain their visa status, get a degree.