The 21-day nationwide lockdown sparked exodus of hundreds of thousands of migrant labourers, who undertook long journeys from major urban cities on foot to their native places in last five days, threatening to overturn the benefits of the lockdown to contain the spread of coronavirus.
Consular officers will only be allowed to issue visas to prospective immigrants who can prove they "will not impose a substantial burden" on the US health care system, according to a proclamation authored by Donald Trump.
Assam is in a political flux after two recent exercises—the updated national register of citizens this summer and the citizenship amendment bill, which endorses non-Muslim minority immigrants from Bangladesh as Indian citizens.
Lakhs of people migrated from north India to the south in pursuit of employment opportunities. The trend of southward migration picked up somewhere around the 1980s, strengthening impressively in the subsequent decades.