Biden proposes new immigration bill, AAPI delegates discuss various pressing issues


The White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday, July 5, announced the new comprehensive immigration bill that US President Joe Biden has proposed, and about the administration’s move on ‘documented dreamers’ including children of H1B visa holders.

Neil Makhija, the executive director of Indian American Impact, told reporters that he “raised issues of immigration, voting rights and specifically green card backlog in context of explaining how country caps are remnants of exclusionary laws in the past, particularly enacted in the 20s.”

Makhija also raised two bills including the Eagle act and America’s Children Act and said it will be introduced in the coming days.

Taking about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Executive director of Indian American Impact, said, “The second deals we’ve documented dreamers who, like, other dreamers came here as children, but they had some legal status and so they didn’t qualify for DACA.”

So we encouraged President Biden, the Vice President to consider those dreamers, he said.

Stating that Biden started the meeting by saying, “This is not a one-time thing, right, he’s starting a conversation with members of our community including on this issue,” Makhija said, “I didn’t ask for that what we were doing is introducing him, and he was acutely aware of many of these issues already.”

Besides this issue, a group of people from the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community had met President Biden and VP Harris to discuss a range of issues including hate crimes and immigration.

The meeting took place at the White House in Washington DC, and also covered the matter 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 are worried that new, more restrictive voting laws being 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 has been long is overdue given the growing size of the demographic in the United States and its subsequent importance to the Democratic Party.


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