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Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal vowed to fight President Trump’s immigration ban.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Two Indian-American lawmakers in Congress, along with two former top Obama administration diplomats, have launched a nationwide effort to oppose what they believe to be the “unlawful, unconstitutional, and un-American” executive order that was signed by President Trump last Friday.

Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi, joined by former Obama administration officials and leaders of the Indian-American community are urging those across the nation to stand united and fight against the order.

They delivered their message in a conference organized by the Asian American Pacific Islander Victory Fund Tuesday. Jayapal has emerged as one of the national voices in the fight against Trump’s executive order.

“Last week’s executive orders on immigration has thrown the country to chaos,” she said. The president’s attack on the immigrant and refugee community ignores everything that’s great about America, she said.

“This is not normal and it is not constitutional. It also makes us far less safe as a country,” she said. “It undermines our place in the world as global compassionate democratic leader.”

Jayapal also lashed out at the Republican Hindu Coalition for supporting the president’s order.

“Today, a group calling itself as Republican Hindu Coalition will announce its support for un-American executive orders,” she said. “And to them I would say, shame. Shame for trying to divide the Indian-American community. As a Hindu, I can tell you that this group does not represent the much much larger Indian American community that honor our birth countries commitment to religious freedom and democracy.”

She said the coalition does not represent the populous.

“The Republican Hindu Coalition does not represent us. As Indian Americans, I can tell you, we believe deeply in pluralism, in freedom of religion, in freedom of speech and in a democratic diverse society.”

The executive order issued by Trump is “an assault on the United States constitution. It hurts economy and working families and it divides Americana and not unify them,” Krishnamoorthi, a Congressman from Illinois, said.

“I am proud to be Indian American, I am proud to be Hindu American and I am proud to be an immigrant,” he said.

Diya TV will air an exclusive interview with Shalabh “Shalli” Kumar, founder of the Republican Hindu Coalition, this weekend on “The Public Interest.”

Here’s an interview conducted with Mr. Kumar by Ravi Kapur just hours after Donald Trump was declared the winner of the Presidential Election.

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Democrats target new front runner Warren in Ohio debate

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WESTERVILLE, Ohio (Diya TV)  — In Ohio, Democratic Presidential candidates took to the stage for the fourth time in this 2020 cycle, with the new target of interest being Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has surged in recent polls. Sen. Bernie Sanders, coming off a recent heart attack, looked reinvigorated, especially after it was revealed he received endorsements from progressive Congress members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Talib. Sen. Kamala Harris, in her appeal to voters, referenced her mom’s journey from India to the U.S.

In the first television ad bought in Tennessee’s 2020 U.S. Senate race, Republican candidate Dr. Manny Sethi focused on illegal immigration, using his own family story to explain. A Nashville trauma surgeon in his first bid for office, Sethi says in the ad “let ‘em try to call me a racist,” when his mom Dr. Chander Sethi shared the story of how she and her husband fulfilled all legal requirements to immigrate to the United States.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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U.S. and India continue to debate trade policy

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WASHINGTON (Diya TV)  — As India and the U.S. continue to debate trade policy, India’s Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal said India does not have any trade disputes with the U.S., and that there is huge bilateral trade potential.

Democrats are back it in Ohio, debating to see who will represent the party against President Trump in 2020. It’ll mark the first debate since Sen. Bernie Sanders had a heart attack, the first debate for businessman Tom Steyer and the return of Rep. Tulsi Gabbard to the debate stage.

The 2019 Forbes 400 list of the wealthiest Americans is out and it includes seven Indian Americans and one Pakistani American. Among the group are Indian American entrepreneurs Rakesh Gangwal, Jay Chaudhry, Romesh Wadhwani, Ram Shriram, Brian Sheth, Aneel Bhusri, and Vinod Khosla, as well as Pakistani American Shahid Khan.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate, are in Pakistan to do some sightseeing, visiting the Pakistan National Monument, and spending time to highlight the UK-Pakistan relationship.

And engineer turned Miss Oregon, Shivali Kadam, is up for Miss America, trying to become the second Indian American to win the coveted pageant.

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MIT professor, Abhijit Banerjee wins Nobel Prize in Economics

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BOSTON (Diya TV)  — Abhijit Banerjee, an economics professor at MIT, won the Nobel Prize in Economics, sharing the honor with Esther Duflo and Michael Kremer, “for their experimental approach to alleviating global poverty.”

A bipartisan effort is underway, led by the Sikh Coalition, asking members of Congress to honor the late Deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal through a congressional resolution.

Pakistani officials arrested four aides of Hafiz Saeed on terrorism financing charges. Saeed, the suspected mastermind of the 26/11 attack on Mumbai in 2008, is also in custody on the same charges.

Veteran Pixar director and animator Sanjay Patel got the greenlight to create “Ghee Happy” for Netflix, an animated reimagining of Hindu deities as little kids discovering their powers. Patel, you may recall, was nominated for an Oscar a couple of years ago for his animated short, “Sanjay’s Super Team.”

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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