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Seattle Rep. Pramila Jayapal introduces first House Bill

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

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Seattle freshman congresswoman Pramila Jayapal introduced her first House bill Monday, aimed at guaranteeing legal counsel to individuals detained while trying to enter the U.S.

Her legislation follows weeks of chaos at American airports during the initial rollout of President Trump’s immigration executive order, which has now become the focus of a nationwide legal battle.

“The day after the President signed his inhumane Muslim Ban executive order, innocent men, women, and children at Seattle-Tacoma and airports across the country were detained and barred from entering the United States without any access to counsel,” Rep. Jayapal wrote in a press release explaining the bill. “To uphold principles of due process and fair treatment, this bill will ensure the government gives individuals access to an attorney.”

Under Jayapal’s legislation, Customs and Border Protection, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents would be required to provide access to counsel, including to non-citizens. Currently, non-citizens trying to enter the U.S. without authorization do not have a right to be represented by an attorney, unless the individual has become the focus of a criminal investigation, according to Department of Homeland Security.

A companion piece of legislation was introduced in the Senate by freshman California Senator Kamala Harris last week.

Critics of the proposal say the legislation is unlikely to pass, especially in a Republican-controlled Congress.

While the bill does not specify cost analysis, a spokesperson for Jayapal’s office says the additional legal services would not come at the cost of taxpayers.

Instead, the bill would guarantee access to attorneys from various groups interested in helping. The legislation also calls for providing phone or video conference, if an attorney cannot meet in person.

Read the bill in its entirety here.

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Democrats meet for the third time to debate

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HOUSTON (Diya TV) — Democrats met for the third time to debate, this time in Houston. With the field on stage featuring just 10 candidates, it was more rancorous than the first two clashes.

California Senator Kamala Harris launched ‘South Asians for the People‘ in a video tweet to build support for her presidential bid from Indian Americans and other South Asians. Harris is the daughter of the late Indian American cancer researcher Shymala Gopalan.

Another Democratic contender, former Vice President Joe Biden, announced Indian American Amit Jani will serve as Asian American Pacific Islander national vote director. He’s currently serving in New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy’s administration.

Former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is levying criticism at the current officeholder, Narendra Modi and his government for focusing on ”headline management” rather than acting to improve a slowing Indian economy.

And actress Felicity Huffman received 14 days in prison, a $30,000 fine and community service for paying to rig her daughter’s SAT scores.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India may offer to cut import duties, for U.S. goods

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NEW DELHI (Diya TV) — India has a road map in place to spend $130 billion over the next 5-7 years to modernize their armed forces and bolster their combat capabilities over their neighbors. The plan includes procurement of a slew of weapons, missiles, air defense systems, fighter jets, submarines and developing infrastructure for use of AI.

Meanwhile, India and Russia are increasing industrial cooperation and will create new technological and investment partnerships, especially in high-tech, with the goal to increase bilateral trade to $30 billion by 2025.

And to help Indian’s space agency ISRO establish a communication link with Vikram, the moon lander lying motionless on the lunar surface, NASA is sending hello messages. NASA’s Jet Propulsion lab beamed a radio frequency to Vikram to establish contact, but no luck so far.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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India and Pakistan clash over Kashmir at UN

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NEW YORK (Diya TV) — India and Pakistan shared their respective narratives over Kashmir before the United Nations. India said its Constitution “guaranteed fundamental rights to all our citizens without any distinction,” while dismissing Pakistan as the “the epicentre of global terrorism.” Pakistan urged the UN to set up a commission of inquiry into human rights violations, claiming India arrested more than 6,000 people without due process in Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Seattle Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal issued her second letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo over Kashmir, expressing deep concern about reports of a humanitarian crisis in Jammu & Kashmir.

A NPR producer based in India, Furkan Khan, resigned after major social media backlash from an anti-Hindu tweet that stated “if Indians give up on Hinduism, they will also be solving most of their problems. What with all the piss drinking and dung worshipping.” Khan has since apologized and deleted the tweet.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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