Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Biden vows to address Indian-American concerns on H1B visas

Reading Time: 2 minutes
joe biden and kamala harris
Source: Twitter.

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.

“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.”

READ ALSO: The Rise and Rise of Indian origin politicians

joe biden

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

- Advertisement -

Related Articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -


Ep 9: What do young Indians want from love?

Growing up in Indian culture, most of us know that love has never been as popular as marriage. Even in the movies, the main...

Ep 8: Indian links in Indigenous Australian poet Ali Cobby Eckermann’s...

To celebrate NAIDOC week 2020 (between 8-15 November) I spoke to Yakunytjatjara poet Ali Cobby Eckermann about her time in India where she taught...

Ep 7: In the case of Sushant Singh Rajput

  The torrid and high-octane Sushant Singh Rajput case has been fodder for Indian people and press for the last few months. The actor’s tragic...
- Advertisement -

Latest News

COVID-19: India’s vaccine rollout faces tough battles

  “I am terrified about my 80-year-old parents in Pune,” a friend revealed recently. It is a sentiment shared by a large number of Indian-Australians...

Hello, New Zealand: A 10-day itinerary for your next trip

  All set to make the most of the Trans-Tasman travel bubble with a trip to New Zealand? Let's get started! Itinerary If this is your first...
harinder sidhu

Khooni Vaisakhi: Poem from the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre, 1919

  In a moving piece of Punjabi literature, this is Khooni Vaisakhi, a narrative poem by prominent Punjabi writer Nanak Singh. It’s an account of...
children in classroom

Net Promoter Score: New statistic to measure school effectiveness

  The tiresome gloating by schools about the proportion of their students who get top ATAR bands, can easily be remedied by having schools publicly...
rahul dravid advertisement

WATCH: Bengaluru traffic turns Rahul Dravid into a ‘gunda’

  Rahul Dravid may be known as a gentleman from the gentleman's game, but 'The Wall' seems to have met his match with Bengaluru's traffic. In...