The arrest of an Indian-born man on charges he murdered a woman has reignited an ugly debate over immigration policy in the US, as India seeks to curb the influx of migrants to the US.
India has been pushing for a moratorium on the import of any goods from the US that come with restrictions on visas and immigration from certain countries.
India has long been the second-largest importer of goods from America, after China.
But the ban has raised questions about the safety of goods coming from India and whether it would affect the flow of people coming to the country.
A federal appeals court in Boston has upheld the ban on a lower court ruling that allowed the ban to go into effect.
The court said Indian immigrants are allowed to enter the country as tourists but cannot enter as residents.
The ruling means that any Indian who wants to visit the US without a visa will be barred from doing so.
Indian immigrant, who was arrested on Tuesday, had been living in the U.S. for the past two years in the hope of obtaining a visa to visit family members in India, but he has now been deported from the country, a person familiar with the matter said.
He was arrested for allegedly killing the 27-year-old woman in March, but authorities have not yet revealed his identity.
India is a destination for Indian migrants, with many arriving to the U, D.C., and New York in search of a better life in the United States, with few legal protections, as well as some who have family ties here.
According to the Center for Migration Studies, more than 3.5 million Indian migrants live in the country and about one-third of them are from India.
India has seen a sharp rise in migrants in recent years, as China and the United Arab Emirates have ramped up their immigration to the West.
India has said it will continue to block any imports from the United Kingdom and Australia that come from certain nations with restrictions or are likely to have security breaches, in a move that the European Union has called discriminatory.
In response, Indian President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday said that India is the biggest source of foreign workers in the world, but said India has not done enough to help its citizens who have to compete with Chinese and other expatriates.
The Indian government is also grappling with its own migration crisis as many Indians who were brought to the United State after World War II have been forced to flee after the US ended visa-free travel for Indians in the early 1990s.
India, like China, has also been struggling to stem a surge in migrant workers in recent decades.
Last year, the number of migrants in the Indian capital of New Delhi rose by about half a million over the previous year, while the number living in New York City increased by more than half a billion over the same period.
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