6/19/2018 5:16:51 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
Indians anxiously waiting to get green cards are reportedly offering to raise money for the wall President Trump wants to build between the United States and Mexico.
This was mentioned in a Times of India report about Indians rallying on Capitol Hill in Washington DC last week to call attention to their plight.
Indian-origin teenagers and young adults were in the rally with their parents and activists.
Though brought to the US legally by their parents who arrived on H-1B visas, they face having to “self-deport” themselves when they reach the age of 21. For that is when their H-4 visas allowing them to stay in the US will expire.
H-4 visas are issued to immediate family members (spouses and children below the age of 21) of H-1B visa holders. But with applications for green cards – or permanent residency – taking increasingly long to process in the case of Indian H-1B visa holders because there are so many of them wanting to settle in the US, they and their families face uncertainty.
“I wish I were an illegally-arrived child instead of a legal one,” said Vikram Aditya Kumar, one of the rally organisers.
By some accounts, there are nearly 200,000 Indian-American children who were brought to the US legally by their parents on H-1B or other work visas, says The Times of India.
While there is debate about what to do with those who were brought to the United States illegally as children, the Indians want attention to be given to them as well.
They feel so desperate they are even offering to raise US$25 billion over the next decade to help build a wall between the US and Mexico, reported The Times of India, quoting Kumar’s father, Shalabh Kumar, who donated a million dollars to Mr Donald Trump when he was running for president.
The Indian H-1B visa holders’ willingness to contribute to the border wall has been reported before. The Hindustan Times reported in February:
“Indian H-1B workers in line for the green card are launching a major push for a bill that proposes to cut the waiting period for permanent US residency, backing it with an offer of at least $4 billion to fund border security, including a wall along the Mexican border.
“They propose to raise the money through green card processing fee, collected from every one of the estimated 1.5 million visa-holders from India, including primary and dependent recipients, and an additional fee for biometric services, according to their advocacy group Immigration Voice.”
The US immigration policy on illegally arrived children is called Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). Drawing a distinction, the Indians refer to their case as Deferred Action for Legal Childhood Arrivals (DALCA).