According to an article on the Economic Times of India it seems that we are all expecting good immigration reforms in the coming years which will benefit Indian nationals. We also believe that such reforms should include benefits for both documented and undocumented immigrants. The Economic times mentions:
“Sanjay Puri, chairman, US India Political Action Committee, believes that immigration reforms will now be on the fast track. “One of the things that President Obama has said consistently in public and private is that he will try to get immigration reform done in his second term. Given the challenges the Republicans faced in states such as Nevada, Florida, Colorado and New Mexico, they are likely to realise that they need to take into account a fast-growing Hispanic population, which is turning to the Democrats in a big way.
To make inroads into the community and to ensure that they don’t become a permanent minority, the Republicans will need to be at the table on fixing immigration reforms. It would mean that H-1B and skill-based visas, the main concern of Indian immigrants, would also become part of the discussion, along with the need to retain Indian students with degrees in sciences from US universities and giving them green cards,” he said.
Obama’s decision in June 2012 to stop the deportation of young illegal immigrants, who arrived in America with their parents and graduated from US schools, has found huge support among the Hispanic community. This category of immigrants has been allowed to receive work authorisation and their numbers are believed to be about 1.4 million.”
This analysis is true that not only the Hispanic population will benefit from Immigration reform but also the South Asian communities especially Indian high-skilled workers who have been waiting for years to obtain their immigration papers fixed. Currently, the waiting time of Indian nationals on employment based category (eb) 2 and eb3 have been growing over the years. This wait is not only unfair but taking an actual negative economic toll. Many Companies are eager to hire higher highly skilled individuals and yet they are unable to do so. On the other hand, the highly skilled workers from India are disappointed and uneasy about an uncertain future.
President Obama promised during his campaign and first speeches after the re-election, to fix immigration. While everything points out to his sincerity, we all hope the majority in the House will not obstruct this approach. As such we are all hoping that this time the House of Representatives and Senate will actually give a chance not only to the undocumented but to those people who are suffering from an endless wait. In case there are obstructions we call on President Obama to use his executive powers to help the Indian nationals just like he did for the dreamers with DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). We actually do not believe it will be necessary.
The good news is that everything is pointing to this reality. More and more experts including our team now believe that there is no choice for America. The majority of people are all in favor or a fair approach and articles on the New York Times, from NBC and Washington post, are all calling for a fair immigration reform. Such an approach should include a comprehensive change. One which will take care of the millions of undocumented workers (also called illegals) but also reduce the waiting time for individuals on EB2 and EB3 categories from India and increasing the H1B cap to allow the desired talents which our country needs.
The momentum is now and all the immigrants need to push for a radical fair change . We call on our leaders to make this change for the better of the immigrant community but also for the growth the United States economy. United we stand and divided we actually fall!
As such we have started a petition with the White House to this effect, and we would request your support on the matter. Please sign: