The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement have arrested over 200 foreign students who enrolled at a fake university in Farmington Hills set up by the US Department of Homeland Security with the intention of luring in students.
According to Detroit Free press, a total of about 250 students have now been arrested since January on immigration violations by ICE as part of a sting operation by federal agents who enticed foreign-born students, mostly from India.
The university marketed itself as offering graduate programs in technology and computer studies.
It was reported that the ICE in March had arrested 161 students for immigration violations through the fake university, a number that has now grown to about 250.
Many of those arrested from the university have been deported, while others are contesting their removal.
The students had arrived legally in the US on student visas, but since the University of Farmington was later revealed to be a creation of federal agents, they lost their immigration status after it was shut down in January.
The school was located on North-western Highway near 13 Mile Road in Farmington Hills and staffed with undercover agents posing as university officials.
Lawyers representing the students have argued that the government unfairly trapped the students into believing the university was legitimate because the Department of Homeland Security’s website listed the school as legitimate.
Detroit Free Press said that there were more than 600 students enrolled at the university, which was created a few years ago by federal law enforcement officials with ICE.
Records filed with the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs show that the University of Farmington was incorporated in January 2016.