Illegal immigrants have been one of Assam 's biggest issues for the last two decades. Assam shares a 272-km-long border with Bangladesh . A vast stretch of that is still unfenced. There are no official estimates for the number of migrants in Assam , but state governor Ajai Singh has said that up to 6,000 illegally enter the region every day. To deal with this, the government had earlier decided to deport at least 3,000 Bangladeshi migrants every month. But toward the end of April 2005, the government took a U turn. The Union Home Ministry decided to do a rethink on the policy, as it felt the deportation exercise was ‘‘unimplementable.’’
To remedy the situation, people of three districts in Upper Assam decided to act on their own within the boundaries of law. It first began in the district of Dibrugarh, where on April 12, 2005 a group of youngsters got together to form the Chiring Chapori Yuva Mancha. They published leaflets asking residents not to harbour, employ or provide food to suspected Bangladeshis. They also started sending SMS messages through mobile phones. As the messages spread, there was all-round cooperation from people in the district and nearby areas. The group urged “indigenous Muslims” not to be frightened. It asserted that its fight was only against those who are illegally settling in Assam .
The Bangladeshi immigrants in this area were hired by local contractors in brick kilns, road and building construction works. A large majority of them also pulled rickshaws. Women worked as maids.
However, soon the state government feared a communal backlash as certain quarters tried to give the issue a religious colour.
The All Assam Minority Students Union warned both Delhi and Dispur to be ready to face an unexpected situation if stern action was not taken against the “communal leaders” responsible for the exodus of the “working class” minorities from the Upper Assam districts. The student group claimed that the religious minorities working as wage earners in the Upper Assam districts are actually from the erosion-hit villages of Morigaon and Barpeta districts. It said dubbing them foreigners and imposing an “economic blockade” on them was a conspiracy of both the BJP and the AASU for their narrow political gain, which would ultimately lead to ethnic bloodbath.
Unfortunately this social action against illegal immigration in Assam has become politicized and communalized. In Assam a law, the Illegal Migrants (Determination by Tribunals) Act, 1986, was enacted to check the problem of illegal immigration. But later it was found that the law itself has become a big hurdle in checking the problem. Police throughout the border areas of Assam have found it tough to detect and evict illegal migrants who have flooded the North-Eastern states in recent years. Local police says that it is next to impossible to throw out foreigners from Assam because the IMDT Act required "too much documentation before a person can be identified and deported." In such a situation the social action of people against the illegal immigrants was proving to be very effective. even the initiative of people has taken a religious colour.
I think congress and its allies will come out openly in favour of these illegal migrants whom it considers its vote bank. The approach of the government shows why this problem has been around for so long and its magnitude which has increased over the years.
This is what happens when people take matter in their hands when govt. gives up. And people like Mr. MS blames everything on WE.
I think whole border must be fenced and border petrolling must be increased to stop further influx from Bangladesh.
Who cares if badruddin roars. woh apni jaat dikha raha hai. It is continual problem because of soft corners of Indian muslims. They can always compromise Nation's Integrity on religion. That is why Indian muslim can not be trusted.And also apeasement policy of congress and its allies towards Indian muslim.