Biden proposes new immigration bill, AAPI delegates discuss various pressing issues
INDICA NEWS OFFICE –
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday (July 5th) announced the new comprehensive immigration bill proposed by US President Joe Biden and the administration’s decision on “documented dreamers,” including children of H1B visa holders.
Neil Makhija, executive director of Indian American Impact, told reporters he “raised issues of immigration, voting rights and in particular green card arrears in the context of explaining how the caps on countries are remnants of exclusion laws from the past, especially enacted in the 1920s. “
Makhija also raised two bills, including the Eagle Act and the America’s Children Act, and said it would be introduced in the coming days.
On Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the executive director of Indian American Impact said: Did not qualify for DACA.
So we encouraged President Biden, the Vice President to consider these dreamers, he said.
Stating that Biden started the meeting by saying, “It’s not a one-off thing, is it, he’s starting a conversation with members of our community, including on this issue,” Makhija said, ” I didn’t ask what we were doing is presenting it, and he was already keenly aware of many of these issues. “
In addition to this issue, a group of people from the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community met with President Biden and Vice President Harris to discuss a range of issues, including hate crimes and immigration.
The meeting was held at the White House in Washington DC, and also covered the issue of voting rights.
Asian Americans increased their voter turnout from 2016 to 2020 more than any other racial or ethnic group, and a majority voted for Biden. Asian-American leaders fear that new, more restrictive election laws passed in GOP-led states could erase those gains. The two sides will also discuss economic investments in the AAPI community, the fight against and the COVID-19 pandemic.
AAPI leaders believe the meeting is long overdue given the growing population size in the United States and its subsequent importance to the Democratic Party.