On Sunday, a rally was held outside the white house by a group that consists mainly of Indian H1B visa holders who are clamoring for immigration law reforms in favour of migrants in the US legally.
The Sunday afternoon rally was organized by Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), an organization that is said to be a voice for the Hindu American community.
The protesting group wants the US government to clear the green card backlog within a period of 1-5 years against what is obtainable at the moment which could run to decades for Indians seeking green cards that are employment based.
Besides, the group wants the country to give legal childhood arrivals (LCAs) benefits that are due individuals brought illegally to the US as minors.
In the previous administration, about 700,000 LCAs were protected via a program called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). There is currently a court case regarding the DACA program as President Trump seeks to end the program.
Holders of H1B visa, whose spouses and children are given H4-dependent visas, are demanding that green cards be given to H4 children immediately to make it possible for them to remain in the US after turning 21 without the need of switching to another visa category.
One of the leaders of the rally, Jyotsna Sharma, said the future of such children should not be held at ransom because they have done nothing wrong.
Several placards were held aloft during the rally – some say DALCA, kids deserve better, and some others tell Stop Abusing Legal Immigrants.
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