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A momentous week of US decisions impacting Indians

Jul 1 2013, 2:01am CDT | by

Washington, July 1 (IANS) From the passage of a comprehensive Senate immigration bill to a series of US Supreme Court rulings on minority voting rights to gay marriages, it was a week of momentous decisions with wide implications for Indians.

Washington, July 1 — From the passage of a comprehensive Senate immigration bill to a series of US Supreme Court rulings on minority voting rights to gay marriages, it was a week of momentous...

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A momentous week of US decisions impacting Indians

Jul 1 2013, 2:01am CDT | by

Washington, July 1 (IANS) From the passage of a comprehensive Senate immigration bill to a series of US Supreme Court rulings on minority voting rights to gay marriages, it was a week of momentous decisions with wide implications for Indians.

Washington, July 1 — From the passage of a comprehensive Senate immigration bill to a series of US Supreme Court rulings on minority voting rights to gay marriages, it was a week of momentous decisions with wide implications for Indians.

The Senate immigration bill passed with a 68-32 vote with 14 Republicans joining all the 54 Democrats, for one, is a mixed bag for India with IT service companies like TCS, Wipro and Infosys and US companies doing business with them complaining about higher fees for H1B and L1 visas for highly skilled workers.

Indian techies, on the other hand, are happy over the prospect of wider opportunities with the cap on H1B visas being raised from 85,000 to 195,000.

Students in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and maths), too have been put on the fast track for green cards, though critics complain it would spur a brain drain from India.

But South Asian organizations led by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) have branded it a "deeply flawed" bill as it limits family-based immigration options for siblings and adult married children and "creates needless barriers in the pathway to citizenship" for 11 million undocumented immigrants, including some 260,000 Indians.

With the Republican controlled House of Representatives working on its own versions of immigration reform, the US corporate lobby, Indian techies as also South Asian organisations are hoping to influence the final shape of the bill before it lands on President Barack Obama's desk, if ever, after its passage by a deeply divided Congress.

South Asian organisations are also elated over the US Supreme Court decision to declare unconstitutional a key section of the Clinton era Defence of Marriage Act (DOMA), which only recognised marriage between man and woman for hundreds federal benefits.

Desi gays are happy that same-sex couples will be able to petition for the immigration of their partners, despite the fact that those provisions were not included in the Senate bill.

SAALT has also welcomed another Supreme Court decision on Texas University, Austin's use of race in its admissions policy for promoting diversity within education.

Despite common misperceptions to the contrary, South Asians support and benefit from holistic race-conscious admission policies, SAALT said as "South Asian students, along with all other students, enjoy a richer learning environment when they are immersed in a diverse educational setting."

However, SAALT has condemned the Supreme Court decision to invalidate a key section of the historic Voting Rights Act of 1965 which required several Southern states with a history of racial discrimination to get any changes in voting laws cleared by the US Department of Justice or a federal court.

While the court recognized that racial discrimination continues to plague the ability of many to vote, it asked the Congress to update the criteria for a state to be covered by the special provision in the light of recent increased minority voter turnout.

Noting that South Asian and other voters of colour continue to encounter barriers at the polls because of race, religion, and language ability and restrictive voter identification proposals, SAALT said the community will not be immune from the court's "disappointing" ruling.

South Asian communities have also welcomed the passage of two bills by New York City Council on community safety, which curb discriminatory policing practices and expand the basis for prohibited profiling and discrimination.

In addition to the current prohibition on profiling on the basis of race, ethnicity, religion, and national origin, the ban would now include age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, immigration status, disability or housing status.

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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American government is growing at leaps and bounds, and with that growth has come massive amounts of wasteful spending on programs that are duplicative, unnecessary, inefficient and outdated. Indeed, the American public is not unaware of this reality; according to a 2014 Gallup poll, Americans believe that the federal government wastes 51 cents of every dollar that it spends. Gallup has been conducting the poll since 1979, and the 2014 result is tied for the highe ...
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Wipro posts 8 percent rise in quarterly profit

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Oct 21 2014 9:29am CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Aditya Kalra NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Air quality in New Delhi will deteriorate to "severe" levels this week when Indians set of ...
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Oct 21 2014 7:00am CDT | Source: National Center for Policy Analysis

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How scientists linked the California drought to climate change

Oct 17 2014 11:28am CDT | Source: Environmental Defense Fund

By Ilissa Ocko A drought-stricken vineyard in Napa Valley. Source: John Weiss/Flickr California has officially entered its fourth consecutive year of drought, and is trapped in its worst water shortage situation ever. Because we know that human-caused climate change cantrigger and exacerbate drought conditions, media, public officials, California residents and scientists have all been wondering for years if rising global temperatures likely caused or contributed to the current dr ...
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A proper use of phone and pen

Oct 13 2014 4:37pm CDT | Source: WND

An over-zealous administration is destroying America’s coal industry and threatens to use executive action to further environmental restrictions on U.S. businesses. All the while, China and India continue to increase CO2 in the atmosphere at an alarming rate. A proper use of the president’s phone and pen would be to place an environmental tax on imported products from China and India until those country’s emissions fall under acceptable (California) levels. Until then, ...
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Modi seeks to revive India's 'zombie factories', not abandon them

Oct 12 2014 5:09pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Andrew MacAskill and Manoj Kumar KANPUR India (Reuters) - At British India Corporation's textile factory in northern India, four m ...
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ISIS Flags Unfurled at anti-India Protests in Kashmir

Oct 12 2014 9:56am CDT | Source: Big Government

The Times of India claims eyewitnesses reported at least one anti-India protestor waving the ISIS flag from atop the gate of one of Kashmir’s largest mosque’s during an anti-India demonstration Friday following Muslim prayers in Srinagar, capital of the majority Muslim Indian state. Several other protestors reportedly held Islamic State flags. The demonstration occurred the day after a leading Indian general public ...
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Cyclone Hudhud reaches peak strength, pounds India's eastern seaboard

Oct 11 2014 11:12pm CDT | Source: Townhall's

By Jatindra Dash VISAKHAPATNAM India (Reuters) - Cyclone Hudhud, packing gusts of up to 195 kilometers an hour (over 120 mph), re ...
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True Winners of the Nobel Peace Price

Oct 11 2014 8:46am CDT | Source: Big Government

This year’s Nobel Peace Prize winners were announced to the world, and for once they got it right. Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi, hailing from Pakistan and India respectively, were the very deserving winners for 2014.  Malala, who is the youngest recipient ever of the Nobel Peace Prize, has spent the entirety of her youth fighting for the rights of young girls in Pakistan to receive the same education as boys. Most ...
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