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Trump Rescinds DACA, over 7,000 Indian-Americans Affected

President Trump rescinded DACA, affecting nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation including over 7000 Indian-American immigrants.

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions Announces DACA is Being Rescinded by the Trump administration.

WASHINGTON (Diya TV) — Following up on one of his campaign promises, President Trump rescinded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), ceasing the program that protects nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants from deportation. Among those affected include approximately 7,000 Indian-American immigrants.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions made the announcement on Sept. 5, claiming DACA-eligible individuals are “lawbreakers who adversely impacted the wages and employment of native-born Americans.” Sessions says implementation will be suspended for six months and DACA permits that expire during the next six months will continue to be renewed.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services data, India ranks 11th among countries of origin in DACA students.

The Hindu American Foundation (HAF) issued a statement on Sept. 6. “The termination highlights the need for Congress to stop delaying immigration reforms that serve our country’s needs, and better reflect our country’s values as a nation of immigrants,” said Suhag Shukla, the Foundation’s Executive Director. “A sign of a broken system can’t get more obvious than when an order must serve as a last resort to deliver a dream or when it’s used to jeopardize the immigration status of hundreds of thousands of young people, including thousands of Indian, South Asian, and diaspora Hindus, who have grown up, studied, and worked here.”

The non-profit organization also called upon Congress for :swift passage of compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform” and called the termination of the DACA program by Trump unnecessarily punitive.

Indian-American elected representatives have also quickly addressed the actions, also encouraging Congress to act to ensure protection of DREAMers.

California Assembly member Ro Khanna issued a statement supporting DREAMers: “Since 2012, nearly 800,000 young people who immigrated to this country have had the opportunity to go to school, gain employment, and continue on with their lives minus the fear of deportation. Today, the Trump Administration once again shows it has no dignity for our friends, neighbors, and colleagues. We must safeguard the livelihood of DREAMers and provide these inspiring young people and their courageous parents a pathway to citizenship.”

Kamala Harris, a Democratic junior Senator representing California also issued a lengthy statement: “This decision undermines our nation’s values and is a betrayal to the DACA recipients who make our nation strong and represent the best of us … We promised these more than 800,000 young people — including 200,000 in California — that if they came out of the shadows that they could become lawful, productive members of our society. Trump’s decision to shamefully break this promise and turn his back on the Dreamers just shows he is once again on the side of division and hate.”

Several organizations, including the American Civil Liberties Union, Anti-Defamation League and U.S. Chamber of Commerce strongly criticized the action, as did several religious organizations, including the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the United Methodist Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church.

President Obama criticized Trump’s action with a lengthy facebook post: “Immigration can be a controversial topic. We all want safe, secure borders and a dynamic economy, and people of goodwill can have legitimate disagreements about how to fix our immigration system so that everybody plays by the rules … But that’s not what the action that the White House took today is about … What makes us American is our fidelity to a set of ideals – that all of us are created equal; that all of us deserve the chance to make of our lives what we will; that all of us share an obligation to stand up, speak out, and secure our most cherished values for the next generation. That’s how America has traveled this far. That’s how, if we keep at it, we will ultimately reach that more perfect union.”

President Obama Lambasted President Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACA,

While met with criticism by many, several high-ranking Republicans praised Trump’s action, including House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

“President Obama’s DACA program was a clear abuse of executive authority, an attempt to create law out of thin air. Congress writes laws, not the president, and ending this program fulfills a promise that President Donald J. Trump made to restore the proper role of the executive and legislative branches. Now, the House and Senate, with the president’s leadership, will work to find consensus on a permanent legislative solution on this and many immigration issues, such as border security and interior enforcement,” said Ryan on Facebook.

House Speaker Paul Ryan supported President Trump’s rescinding of DACA

Founded by Obama in 2012, DACA allows certain illegal immigrants who entered the country as minors to receive a renewable two-year period of deferred action from deportation and eligibility for a work permit. Applicants must partake in a rigorous screening process.
Some information for this report courtesy of The Washington Post.

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Images show China building a development on Indian border

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CHINA-BHUTAN border (Diya TV) — New satellite images appear to show China built a development in the Himalayas along the border with India and Bhutan that was the site of a standoff in 2017.

Satellite images last month from US-based Maxar Technologies show there’s been construction all year long, including new military storage bunkers.

Chinese officials say the buildup was within the scope of their sovereignty. China and Bhutan, who do not have diplomatic relations, both lay claim to that Doklam region.

Vice President-Elect Joe Biden officially introduced his nominee for Secretary of State Tony Blinken, a veteran of the Obama Administration. Blinken during an Indian Independence Day event held by the Biden-Harris campaign said strengthening ties with India is a high-priority of the new administration. We’ll profile his career and what US-India ties will look like with him at the helm.

Watch what Blinken had to say during that campaign event here: https://youtu.be/8VjMkEZLiP0?t=960

A stone statue of Hindu goddess Maa Annapoorna stolen more than a century ago and found in Canada will be returned to India. The statue is believed to be originally from Varanasi.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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U.S., India, Japan & Australia complete Malabar exercise

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MALABAR ISLANDS, India (Diya TV) — Maritime forces from the U.S., India, Japan and Australia completed Phase II of the exercises dubbed Malabar in the Arabian Sea. The U.S. State Department thanked India in a tweet for hosting the effort by “The Quad” that promotes a free and open Indo-Pacific against a growing Chinese presence in the region.

The state of Michigan officially certified its election, formally granting President-Elect Biden its 16 electoral votes. And while President Trump continues to litigate in the hopes of overturning the outcome of the election, to date, he’s lost more than 30 cases. And now the General Services Administration informed the President-Elect he will be able to get the funding and documents needed  to start the formal transition in government.

Indian American Mala Adiga was appointed by President-Elect Joe Biden to be the Policy Director for his wife Jill, who will be the First Lady. Adiga is an alum of the Obama administration, as well as the Biden Foundation.

Pakistani American Dr. Umair Shah was appointed by Washington Gov. Jay Inslee to be Washington State’s Secretary of Health. Shah currently serves as executive director and local health authority for Harris County Public Health in Texas. 

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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Modi thanks troops for thwarting terror plot

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JAMMU and KASHMIR, India (Diya TV) — Indian Prime Minister Modi thanked security forces for unraveling a terrorist plot by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad. Four men suspected of plotting a new attack on the anniversary of the 26/11 attacks were killed during a gunfight with Indian armed forces at a checkpoint in Jammu. Their truck was loaded with a cache of weapons and explosives. Modi is now reviewing the security apparatus along the international border and the Line of Control with Pakistan amid this infiltration.

Terrorism was a major theme of the annual BRICS summit featuring Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa was hosted by Russia virtually. Prime Minister Modi said terrorism is the biggest challenge world is facing today, adding “countries that support the terrorists are held accountable.” Russian President Vladmir Putin said India and China may start producing Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine against COVID-19.

Donald Trump Jr., President Trump’s eldest son, tested positive for coronavirus. His father and his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle and many others in the Trump inner circle have had the virus over the last few months. A spokesman said Trump Jr. learned his diagnosis earlier this week, but has no symptoms and is quarantining in his cabin.

Ravi Kapur contributed to this report.

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