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New York: Indian-American groups have called for a campaign on immigration issues affecting the Indian diaspora including use of H-1B visa by technology companies from India and growing backlog of family visas.

The call was made at an immigration seminar organised by Global Organization of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO-New York), South Asian Council for Social Services (SACSS) and the Kerala Centre in Elmont, New York recently.

Grass-root actions were also required to support President Barack Obama’s executive actions that were announced in November 2014, participants said.

While immigration reform holistically seems to be stalled, Obama’s executive actions are designed in a piecemeal manner aimed at improving the overall immigration law system.

The participants also hoped that extreme backlogs for Indian nationals in many visa classifications may be reduced in some fair manner.

These backlogs have resulted in families being separated for long periods of time despite one of the major tenets underlying US immigration law being family unity.

H-1B non-immigrant professional and specialty occupation work visas continue to be scrutinized heavily by such agencies as the US Homeland Security, State, and Labour departments, the seminar noted.

Additionally, many of the largest users of the H-1B visa are very significant technology companies from India, the seminar noted.

Grassroots efforts should be made to help the government understand that India is not the only user of these technology visas, it suggested.

Attempts to avert a form of reverse discrimination should be undertaken soonest, the participants suggested.

Among other issues raised was India’s exclusion from Treaty Investment and Treaty Trader category for the immigration visa purpose.

It is not clear why Bangladesh and Pakistan and Sri Lanka all have E visas but India does not, the participants noted.

It was resolved that GOPIO and other community groups must campaign on these issues.

“It is important for the Indian American community to take up such issues with Obama administration and elected officials and make them aware of importance of such issues for the country as a whole,” said GOPIO’s Founder President Thomas Abraham.

The panelists were attorneys Michael Phulwani and David Nachman of NPZ Law Group and Anand Ahuja. Abraham moderated the discussion.

 

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Food Insecurity In New York,  Indian-Americans Work To Raise Awareness

"In the spirit of ‘give where you live', the community through IAC, has enabled close to five million meals in Texas in just over a year," said Raj Asava in a press release. 

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The group has mobilized the Indian-American community with the rallying call of "Hunger Mitao!", which means "Wipe Out Hunger." Pixabay

Indian-Americans across New York are coming together to fight food insecurity, with a major organisation working to end hunger throughout the city’s five boroughs.

The Food Bank For New York City’s new Indian-American Council (IAC) will work to raise awareness, improve engagement and channel community resources to help end hunger, The American Bazaar daily reported.

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“We are excited to bring this model to New York City and are confident that the Indian community here will galvanise around Food Bank and provide millions of meals for the city’s food insecure children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable families,” added Anna Asava. Pixabay

The newly-formed Council kicked off its “Million Meal March” campaign at Baar Baar restaurant earlier this month.

The event garnered more than 100 attendees and raised over 610,000 meals for New Yorkers in need.

The group has mobilized the Indian-American community with the rallying call of “Hunger Mitao!”, which means “Wipe Out Hunger.”

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The Food Bank For New York City’s new Indian-American Council (IAC) will work to raise awareness, improve engagement and channel community resources to help end hunger, The American Bazaar daily reported. 
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The Council’s Co-Chair is Payal Sharma, the Managing Partner of the restaurant, and its Founders and Advisors are Raj Asava and Aradhana Asava.

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“In the spirit of ‘give where you live’, the community through IAC, has enabled close to five million meals in Texas in just over a year,” said Raj Asava in a press release.

“We are excited to bring this model to New York City and are confident that the Indian community here will galvanise around Food Bank and provide millions of meals for the city’s food insecure children, seniors, veterans and vulnerable families,” added Anna Asava. (IANS)