Senate Bill to benefit immigrants from India, argues White House

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SummaryIgnoring India’s concerns, the Obama administration has thrown its full weight behind the comprehensive immigration reform bill

Ignoring India’s concerns, the Obama administration has thrown its full weight behind the comprehensive immigration reform bill passed by the US Senate, arguing that it would benefit immigrants from countries like India and China.

The White House made its position clear on the contentious H-1B provisions of the Senate version of the immigration bill in a fact sheet prepared for the Asian American and Pacific Islander Community (AAPI), which includes the influential Indian American community.

“The Senate bill would create new visa pathways for immigrant entrepreneurs and investors and make key improvements to the H-1B programme,” the White House said in its fact sheet, without taking note of the concerns of India and Indian businesses in this regard. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had raised the issue when he met President Barack Obama at the White House in September.

“The Senate bill would create new visa pathways for immigrant entrepreneurs and investors and make key improvements to the H-1B programme,” the White House said.

China, India and South Korea are in the top ten sending countries of immigrant entrepreneurs. The Senate bill would create a new visa programme for foreign entrepreneurs to start and grow their businesses in the US, the White House said, listing the benefits of the bill to the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) community.

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