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Biden vows to address Indian-American concerns on H1B visas

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Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has vowed to address the Indian-American community’s concerns related to the H-1B work visa, which President Donald Trump’s administration has temporarily suspended, the media reported.

Biden made the remarks while addressing a virtual fundraiser organized by the community, The American Bazaar reported.

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“It makes parents wonder whether their kids will have the kind of future they dreamed of when they came here.

“As President, I promise I am going to draw on the best, not the worst, beat this pandemic and build the economy back, help our kids get a good education and make sure healthcare is a right not a privilege,” the former Vice President was quoted as saying.

In June, the Trump administration suspended the H-1B and several other categories of foreign work visas until the year end.

The decision has been opposed by Indians, who have received as much as 70 per cent of H-1B visas over the past five years.

US business leaders have also criticized the move saying it will block their ability to recruit critically needed skilled workers from foreign countries.

Slamming Trump for the move, Biden said: “This President makes things worse, not better.”

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While praising the community for their hard work and entrepreneurship, he said Indian-Americans have powered the economic growth of the US and helped forge cultural dynamism in the country.

Biden has chosen Indian-origin California Senator, Kamala Harris as his running mate for Vice President.

During the virtual event, Biden also spoke to Vivek Murthy, who served as surgeon general during the former Barack Obama administration, during which also recalled the work he had done to forge close India-US relations.

“Seven years ago, as Vice President, I told a business owner in Mumbai that the US-India partnership was the defining relationship in the 21st century. I am not just saying it now, I said it then and I mean it… I will work to make sure it occurs,” he said.

Meanwhile, support for Biden among Indian-Americans appears to have fallen by 11 per cent compared to the voting for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the 2016 elections, according to polls.

While she received 77 per cent of votes from Indian-Americans, the 2020 Asian American Voter Survey (AAVS) released earlier this month found Biden getting only the support of 66 per cent.


READ ALSO: Trump paid $145K in taxes to India: Report

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