Hyderabad: The ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) working president KT Rama Rao, on Friday met the US consul general Katherine B Hadda and discussed India-US relations, particularly concerning Telangana.

During the discussions, Rama Rao, son of Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, also raised the issue of hundreds of Indian students, including those from Telangana who are facing deportation in the wake of the "pay to stay" visa racket busted by the US authorities.

"Always a privilege to catch up with our good friend. We discussed the many areas of US-Telangana cooperation, current and future. He really deserves the moniker TRS Working President as he is always on the go!" Hadda tweeted about her meeting with Rama Rao.

Replying to her tweet, Rama Rao wrote, "Pleasure meeting with you Kathy. Glad to have covered a wide gamut of US-India relations & with Telangana in particular As discussed, I hope you could convey our request on behalf of the students from Telugu states who are engulfed in a situation in the US."  However, Rao did not elaborate.

Several foreigners, including from India, face deportation from the US after authorities busted the racket by arresting eight people on charges of fraudulently facilitating hundreds of immigrants to remain in the country illegally.

The arrests were made by the US Department of Homeland Security, US Immigration and the Customs Enforcement agency early on Wednesday in a crackdown on international students who were staying in the country without proper authorization.