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Hillary Clinton in favor of fast track green cards for ‘STEM’ graduates

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Hillary Clinton would like to make her "staple" program for green cards a reality.

Hillary Clinton would like to make her “staple” program for green cards a reality.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, said she wants the U.S. to “staple” green cards to the diplomas of foreign students who earn a master’s or Ph.D. in the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — from accredited institutions.

Clinton outlined the idea during her speech on her proposed technology policy agenda on Tuesday.

Her agenda is heavy on improving computer science education and continues a trend introduced by President Obama, such as training 50,000 computer science teachers in the next 10 years. However, immigration is likely to become the topic that garners the most attention. Clinton’s “staple” idea isn’t the first time a Washington politician has made such a proposal — 2012 Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney shared the same idea, one of which that has received bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress.

Clinton’s proposal would allow foreign graduates on F-1 visa to bypass temporary H-1B work visas and move from student visas to green cards. The graduates will need to have jobs lined up in order to qualify.

Ron Hira, a public policy professor at Harvard University, said earlier this week that such a program “will create perverse incentives in both the labor and educational markets.” If implemented, employers, he said, “will be incentivized to replace their older incumbent workers with cheaper fresh graduates, fueling age discrimination.”

Additionally, if such a program was adopted, colleges would in turn begin recruiting foreign students into advanced degree programs with the ultimate promise of them obtaining green cards as incentive.

“Given that master’s [programs] are short in duration (as little as 12 months), and have little oversight from outside bodies (no specialized accreditation process for most), this provision will make it inexpensive for foreigners to purchase green cards from a variety of universities,” said Hira during Senate testimony delivered earlier this year.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has voiced mixed sentiments over the idea, during the GOP debate in Detroit last March, he seemed uncertain on how to handle international students who graduate from U.S. schools.

Foreign students will go to Harvard, Stanford and Wharton and “as soon as they’re finished they’ll get shoved out,” Trump said. “They want to stay in this country. They want to stay here desperately, they’re not able to stay here. For that purpose, we absolutely have to be able to keep the brain power in this country.”

Norman Matloff, a computer science professor at the University of California at Davis and a longtime H-1B critic, said: “It is a shame that both Trump and Clinton have bought into the industry lobbyist line of a STEM labor shortage. There is no data evidence for that, and anyone can see wages have been flat, counter to the claim of a shortage.”

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“Look at India. It’s filthy!” Trump exclaims during debate

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NASHVILLE (Diya TV) — Former Vice President Biden and President Trump held their second and final debate in Nashville. The tone of the event was markedly improved from the first debate, thanks largely because of a rule implemented that muted the microphone during dedicated speaking times. We’ll analyze the key moments, including when President Trump called China, India and Russia “filthy” when discussing climate change.

WATCH what the President said about India here:

President Trump claims “India is filthy!” at the Presidential Debate

The State of California’s Department of Fair Employment and Housing voluntarily dismissed their federal lawsuit accusing Cisco Systems Inc. and two of their former employees of discriminating against an Indian American Dalit engineer. No explanation was given, but state officials said they will refile the matter in state court.

Dr. Mukul Chandra, a prominent cardiologist in the Toledo, Ohio area, has died from complications related to COVID-19. He was 57. 

Dr. Chandra was the medical director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital and received a plasma donation as a possible remedy for the virus. And hundreds of people around the globe offered their help.

WATCH the full debate here:

Last Presidential 2020 Debate between President Donald Trump and Vice President Joe Biden

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Biden & Harris issue happy Navratri greetings

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WILMINGTON, Delaware (Diya TV) — Vice President Joe Biden and Senator Kamala Harris continue their efforts to court the Indian diaspora, as each issued Navratri greetings. Biden & his wife Jill sent their best wishes, tweeting “may good once again triumph over evil.” And Harris and her husband Doug added “may this holiday serve as an inspiration to…build a more inclusive and just America.”

But at the same time, Harris’ niece Meena deleted an image she posted of her auntie being depicted as Goddess Durga, which led to a petition asking her to apologize. Meena Harris is a lawyer, entrepreneur and daughter of Kamala Harris’ sister, Maya. The image she posted photoshopped Kamala Harris’ face onto Hindu Goddess Durga, showing Joe Biden as her lion and President Trump as a demon she slays.

The chances of finding Indian American professor Sam Dubal, who has been missing for nearly two weeks, appear to be waning. Dubal went on a backpacking trip near Mt. Rainier in Washington state and hasn’t been seen since. Authorities say cold and snowy weather is hampering their chances of finding the University of Washington professor.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Man stabbed during brawl at Sikh temple near Seattle

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RENTON, Wa. (Diya TV) — At least six people were injured and one of them was briefly hospitalized with stab wounds during a brawl at the Gurudwara Singh Sabha in Renton, Washington. Renton Police say at least 20 people at the temple were fighting when police arrived. Police added a similar incident happened last week at a Sikh temple in Kent, Washington. Sources tell Diya TV the skirmish was between people that were pro-India and folks that did not view India in a favorable light. No arrests were made.

The Quad military alliance is complete after Australia agreed to be part of the Malabar Exercise to be held in Bay of Bengal next month, joining the United States, India and Japan as part of the naval exercise.

As seen on Diya TV, the South Asian Bar Association held a Presidential Town Hall featuring Asheesh Agarwal, a member of Indian Voices for Trump advisory board and Neera Tanden, the CEO of the Center for American Progress, moderated by journalist and professor Sree Sreenivasan.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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