Illegal Rohingya immigrants pose threat to national security, says government | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Union home ministry on Tuesday said illegal Rohingya immigrants posed a threat to national security and that there were reports of some of them indulging in illegal activities.
In reply to a question in the Lok Sabha, MoS (home) Nityanand Rai said while a prayer was being heard by the Supreme Court not to deport Rohingyas from India, no stay had been granted by the court on their deportation “being done as per procedure established by law”.
“India is not a signatory to the 1951 UN Convention relating to the status of refugees and the 1967 protocol thereon. All foreign nationals (including refuge seekers) are governed by the provisions contained in The Foreigners Act, 1946, The Registration of Foreigners Act, 1939, The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 and The Citizenship Act, 1955, and rules and orders made thereunder. Foreign nationals who enter into the country without valid travel documents or whose travel documents expire while staying in India are treated as illegal migrants and are dealt as per the existing legal provisions,” said Rai.
Stating that detention and deportation of illegal migrants after nationality verification is a continuous process, the MoS said the powers of the Central Government under Section 3 of The Foreigners Act, 1946 to deport illegal foreign nationals and powers under Section 5 of The Passport (Entry into India) Act, 1920 to remove an illegal foreigner by force have also been entrusted under Article 258(1) of the Constitution of India to all the state governments and under Article 239(1) to administrators of all Union Territories.
On a separate question regarding influx of Myanmar nationals into Indian territory in the wake of military crackdown there, Rai acknowledged the reports and reiterated that any foreign national who entered the country without valid travel documents was treated as an illegal immigrant.
He said the Centre was ensuring effective surveillance on the borders to check such infiltration.
On reports regarding such refugees from Myanmar being offered work under Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme by Mizoram government, the Centre said no such information had been received from the state government.



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