Death of SF Man Highlights Plight of Undocumented Workers


Paramjit Singh

Paramjit Singh, a 35-year-old man who moved to the San Francisco Bay area from India six months ago seeking a better economic future for his family, was recently found dead, having hung himself at his Sunnyvale residence.

Satnam Singh Chahal, the executive director North American Punjabi Association, stated that Singh came to the United States illegally after paying $41,000 to an agent.

He is said to have crossed the United States border with Mexico in a journey that was described as a struggle. After arriving in the United States, things didn’t get much better for Singh, who found himself battling depression after not being able to find employment, according to NAPA.

Singh is survived by his wife, 10-year-old daughter and an 8-year-old son who currently live in the village of Mohablipur near Sultanpur Lodhi District Kapurthala in Punjab.

“[The] body of Paramjit Singh will be sent to his parents’ village for which legal and other formalities are being completed. It is important for all youth in Punjab who are considering illegal immigration to remember that there are tremendous difficulties in obtaining employment in the United States without proper documentation,” Chahal stated in a press release.

Source: Indiawest