Indian-Americans rally in support of merit-based immigration

Updated: 05 February, 2018 10:25 IST | Agencies | Washington

Several hundred highly-skilled Indian workers from across the US along with their children and spouses held a rally in front of the White House here in support of President Donald Trump's plan for a merit-based immigration system that among other

Donald Trump. Pic/AFP
Donald Trump. Pic/AFP

Several hundred highly-skilled Indian workers from across the US along with their children and spouses held a rally in front of the White House here in support of President Donald Trump's plan for a merit-based immigration system that among other things ends chain migration and diversity lottery visa.

Flying to the US capital from as far as California, Texas and Chicago and driving several hundred miles from places like Florida, New York and Massachusetts, these highly skilled Indians, living in the US for the past several years and in many cases for more than a decade, urged Trump to end the per country limit on legal permanent residency, so as to eliminate the massive Green Card backlog of highly skilled Indians.

"We are looking strictly for a merit-based immigration. That will bring prosperity and fast economic growth of the US," Krishna Bansal, national policy and political director of Republican Hindu Coalition, told the rally of highly skilled Indians, who want to make the US now their permanent home.

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First Published: 05 February, 2018 08:48 IST

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