Washington : The number of Indians crossing into the US from Mexico and seeking asylum has been increasing in the recent years, a media report has claimed.

Indian citizens are among thousands of migrants from Haiti, Africa and Asia who are trekking across Latin America through travel routes forged by Latino immigrants, The Los Angeles Times reported.

According to the immigration officials and attorneys, there has been an increase in recent years in Indian nationals crossing into the US through Mexico, although they represent a small percentage of those detained overall, it said.

About 380 of the 680 migrants as at early August at the Victorville federal prison in California were Indian nationals, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

The report said they were sent there as civil rather than criminal detainees pending the outcome of their immigration cases.

In addition, about 40% of the detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Imperial Valley facility are from India, a spokeswoman said in the report. Nearly 20% of the detainees at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Adelanto processing centre are Indians.

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