Harsh Vardhan Shringla tells top Democrat of Indian professionals’ contributions to US economy.
To the delight of Indian green card backlog community, Indian Ambassador to the US, Harshvardhan Shringla has met Senator Dick Durbin, a key opponent of a bill to end green card country caps.
Calling his December 5 discussion with the Senate Democratic whip engaging in a tweet later, Shringla wrote how high skilled Indian professionals bring value to the US economy.
He also spoke of how they help fill the STEM -science, technology, engineering, mathematics – shortage, critical for the competitiveness of American tech industry.
Durbin, a top Democrat has been blocking the passage of S. 386 or Fairness for High Skilled Immigrant Act that would remove the per country cap on green cards and allow their issuance on first come first served basis.
According to USCIS data about 77 percent of nearly 400,000 people waiting in the employment based green card category are Indians.
For a large number of Indian community, currently stuck in a massive green card back log, the meeting came as a big deal.
Speaking to the American Bazaar, an emotional Shivani Arora from Illinois said: “It finally feels like, someone from Indian government came forward to understand our plight. It means a lot to us.”
“For months, many professionally qualified Indians like me have been standing out in cold protesting and urging the passage of S386,” she said.
“But we did feel dejected that we had no Indian officials coming out and working towards the cause. We feel grateful to ambassador Shringla.”
Shringla’s tweet was quickly endorsed by hundreds of Indians and organizations working towards immigration reforms in the US.
“Thank you so much Mr Shringla for taking the lead,” wrote Jyotsana Sharma in response to his tweet. “We reached out to multiple politicians and diplomats from India to seek support for us and it feels good to see you take the lead.”
As efforts continue to build momentum about the need for fair immigration reforms in America, many Indians realize that it may be a tough fight, but hope right voices reaching the Capitol may make the process swifter.
“While we have been taking out time from our paid working hours to raise a voice and let people know the plight of Indians in green card line, the silence from the Indian officials sometimes feels deafening,” said Nik Singh another green card hopeful.
“Shringla’s meeting with Durbin and highlighting contributions Indians make to American economy while bridging the STEM shortage is the endorsement we need at the moment,” he said. “I hope other officials also take out time and help our voices reach the right places.”
Shringla’s meeting with Durbin is being seen with a lot of hope as S.386 has been a top priority for many Indians whose lives are in limbo as they wait for a green card or permanent residency status in the US.
The per country cap system ensures that no country gets more than 7 percent of the total green cards issued in the year. The process has put Indians in a situation where it would take decades for them to get a green card.
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