While Americans witness
continued chaos on the southern border, the Justice Department final week raided
a New Jersey Hindu temple accused of importing slave labor
from India. Unlike migrants streaming
into this nation illegally, the temple employees arrived right here on spiritual (R-1
and (R-2) visas.
These non permanent visas allow
the entry of clergy and lay spiritual employees equivalent to missionaries. But within the
case of Bochasanwasi Akshar Purushottam Swaminarayan Sanstha, a Hindu sect
referred to as BAPS, a whole bunch of low-caste Indian nationals had been exploited in a
years-long development undertaking. They had been paid the equal of $1 an hour
for grueling pressured labor. BAPS confiscated the lads’s passports and confined
them to a guarded, fenced-in compound.
BAPS calls itself “a spiritual, volunteer-driven organization dedicated to improving society through individual growth by fostering the Hindu ideals of faith, unity and selfless service.” In reality, its Robbinsville, N.J., temple, or mandir, is a multimillion-dollar operation. Opened in 2014 however nonetheless under development, the group goals to have the biggest Hindu temple within the U.S.
The BAPS operation shouldn’t be a
one-off aberration. Last yr, one other spiritual outfit with one other lengthy identify
was busted up on the West Coast.
Officials on the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, The Name Above Every Name (KOJC) had been charged with a number of immigration violations in Van Nuys, California. According to the Justice Department, members had been introduced from the Philippines under false pretenses, their passports seized, and compelled to beg on the streets for a nonexistent youngster welfare entity.
The federal criticism cited
misuse of R-1 visas, as well as visitor visas, and detailed how bundles of money
and luxurious items had been despatched again to the Philippines.
Reporting on the case, the
Center for Immigration Studies quoted an announcement by employees. “According to
Victim A, as well as different victim-escapees, … along with appearing because the
KOJC’s chief’s private assistants, pastorals had been obligated to carry out ‘night time
obligation,’ i.e., have sex with the KOJC chief.”
Although Alejandro Mayorkas’ Department of Homeland Security might not seem notably energetic about implementing immigration legal guidelines, the prosecution of BAPS and KOJC are encouraging indicators that different federal companies are doing their jobs. In addition to the FBI, the Internal Revenue Service is on the KOJC case.