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Pramila Jayapal and Raja Krishnamoorthi challenge Trump and Republican Hindu Coalition

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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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Indian Independence day celebrated amidst Kashmir controversy

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Indian Independence Day celebrated amidst Kashmir controversy

NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — Indians around the world are marking the 72nd anniversary of India’s freedom from British rule with a series of ceremonies, the largest of which took place in New Delhi at a celebration featuring Indian Prime Minister Modi. Over the course of 90 minutes, Mr. Modi spoke about his government’s accomplishments during his term and the pressing matter that is of interest globally, Kashmir. Watch his full remarks in primetime tonight on Diya TV. Coverage begins at 6 pm.

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services made their controversial public charge rule official. It will deny green cards to immigrants who have received federal aid and benefits, impacting one million immigrants annually who have received public aid. Aging parents are also likely to be disqualified.

And the Philadelphia community is in mourning over the loss of three members of the Khurana family, who died when their small aircraft crashed shortly after take-off on a flight heading for Columbus, Ohio. The victims, 60 year old Jasvir Khurana and his wife, 54 year old Divya, were respected physician-researchers teaching at Temple and Drexel respectively. Their 19 year old daughter, Kiran, graduated from high school last year. The Khuranas were on their way to visit their other daughter in California. The FAA and NTSB ruled the crash was an accident.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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EXCLUSIVE: Fremont PD and FOG confirm Independence Day Parade cancelled over security, permitting

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FREMONT, Calif. (Diya TV) — Fremont Police Department and FOG organizers confirm the annual Indian Independence Day parade, scheduled for this Sunday, is cancelled due to permitting and security concerns. FOG will still take place this weekend, minus the parade. Here’s our initial report on FOG security from earlier this week.

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Trump takes aim at India and China over tariffs

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Trump takes aim at India and China over Tariffs

MONACA, Penn. (Diya TV) — President Trump levied more criticism at India and China at a Pennsylvania rally, saying the two were no longer developing nations and were taking advantage of that status given by the World Trade Organization (WTO). Trump added India and China had grown and the US will not let that continue. Trump’s latest comments come as Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal is set to visit Washington next month.

Meanwhile, controlling the narrative on Kashmir has become job one for both India and Pakistan. Indian Ambassador Harsh Shringla said to FOX News that President Trump’s offer to mediate between India and Pakistan is not on the table, as the U.S. State Department and bilateral agreements between the rivals made clear. Shringla added integrating Indian-administered Kashmir with the rest of the nation was necessary to ensure the region will prosper and stay secure.

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had a more stark assessment to his Parliament, saying he wants to internationalize the dispute and aim to be the regions voice, adding Pakistan will ‘teach India a lesson’ should they attack Pakistani-administered Kashmir.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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