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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Senators Hatch, Flake introduce merit-based immigration bill expanding H-1B visa program

Senators Hatch, Flake introduce merit-based immigration bill expanding H-1B visa program

The Immigration Innovation (I-Squared) Act of 2018 would more than double the high-tech visas and virtually eliminate employment-based green card backlogs. Continue reading Senators Hatch, Flake introduce merit-based immigration bill expanding H-1B visa program

US lawmakers laud Indian-American community at Senate Luncheon hosted by Indian American Friendship Council

US lawmakers laud Indian-American community at Senate Luncheon hosted by Indian American Friendship Council

Addressing the 20th Annual Legislative Conference organized by the Indian American Friendship Council (IAFC), Senator Chuck Schumer said, “When I wrote the immigration bill, there is a special provision to allow more Indians to come to America”. Continue reading US lawmakers laud Indian-American community at Senate Luncheon hosted by Indian American Friendship Council

Kenneth Juster, President Trump’s choice for Ambassador to India, queried on trade, human rights at Senate hearing

Kenneth Juster, President Trump’s choice for Ambassador to India, queried on trade, human rights at Senate hearing

Testifying before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Kenneth Juster pledged, if confirmed as Washington’s top diplomat in Delhi, he will work to “advance the strategic partnership with India, a relationship that is critical to our national security and economic interests”, he said. Continue reading Kenneth Juster, President Trump’s choice for Ambassador to India, queried on trade, human rights at Senate hearing

Democratic lawmakers pledge unwavering support for passing clean DREAM Act

Democratic lawmakers pledge unwavering support for passing clean DREAM Act

Democratic Congresswoman Judy Chu of California noted that among the DACA recipients (called Dreamers) are over 3,000 from India, more than 7,000 from South Korea, nearly 5,000 from the Philippines, some 2,000 from Pakistan, and thousands of others who are Asian Pacific Islanders (APIs). “They all deserve a chance to achieve the American dream”, she said. Continue reading Democratic lawmakers pledge unwavering support for passing clean DREAM Act

Senator Kamala Harris Keynotes 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon to Promote Political Empowerment of Women

Senator Kamala Harris Keynotes 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon to Promote Political Empowerment of Women

Senator Kamala Harris, the first ever Indian-American elected to the upper chamber of Congress, delivered the keynote address at the 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon held in the nation’s capital to inspire the next generation of women leaders. Continue reading Senator Kamala Harris Keynotes 2017 Madeleine K. Albright Luncheon to Promote Political Empowerment of Women