Sevak Singh, 26, in front of his family’s home in rural Punjab. Singh planned to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally but was deported from Mexico in October. He admits that he and other Punjabi Sikh migrants rehearsed fake backstories about being persecuted in India to try to win asylum in the United States.

Sevak Singh, 26, in front of his family’s home in rural Punjab. Singh planned to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally but was deported from Mexico in October. He admits that he and other Punjabi Sikh migrants rehearsed fake backstories about being persecuted in India to try to win asylum in the United States.