US lawmakers greeted by overflow crowd at Diwali celebration on Capitol Hill

US lawmakers greeted by overflow crowd at Diwali celebration on Capitol Hill

The eagerly awaited annual Diwali celebration on Capitol Hill, now organized by BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha and co-hosted by Indiaspora and the Hindu American Foundation, attracts several members of the Hindu, Sikh, Jain and Buddhist faiths who celebrate the popular and pluralistic Indian festival of lights. Continue reading US lawmakers greeted by overflow crowd at Diwali celebration on Capitol Hill

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Indian-American incumbent House members sail to re-election success in midterms

Indian-American incumbent House members sail to re-election success in midterms

Reps. Ami Bera, Ro Khanna, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Pramila Jayapal, nicknamed the ‘Samosa Caucus’, were comfortably re-elected in the 2018 midterms as Democrats regained control of the House for the first time in eight years. Continue reading Indian-American incumbent House members sail to re-election success in midterms

“Inhumane” treatment meted out to immigrant detainees, including 52 Indians, held in Oregon federal prison

“Inhumane” treatment meted out to immigrant detainees, including 52 Indians, held in Oregon federal prison

“It is not a crime to come to the United States to seek asylum; in fact, it is a right provided by international treaty”, Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici said after meeting the immigrant detainees “who came to the United States seeking a better life”. Continue reading “Inhumane” treatment meted out to immigrant detainees, including 52 Indians, held in Oregon federal prison

National Indian physicians group takes compelling causes to Capitol Hill

National Indian physicians group takes compelling causes to Capitol Hill

Born in India and having migrated to the US as a teenager, Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is very vocal when it comes to immigration and upholding the rights of immigrants. “Unless you are native American, you came from somewhere and 92 percent of Asian Americans have come through the family immigration system”, she told the AAPI gathering. Continue reading National Indian physicians group takes compelling causes to Capitol Hill