Need for Indian-Americans to unite: Sikh leader

Need for Indian-Americans to unite: Sikh leader

Washington: A top Indian American Sikh leader has condemned the shooting incident that resulted in the “tragic” death of an Indian engineer, saying there is need for the community to unite.

“Our first priority needs to be ensuring the safety and security of every Indian and Sikh living in the United States,” Gurinder Singh Khalsa, founder and chairman of the Indian-based Sikhs Political Action Committee (SikhsPAC) said.

Khalsa also announced to organise the community nationwide to work with the states and federal government to ensure that Indians and people of Indian origin no longer become victim of hate crimes.

While the new immigration guidelines nominally continue the previous administration’s emphasis on targeting criminals, there are significant changes, he said.

For example, under the Obama administration, only those convicted of crimes were eligible for targeted deportation.

The new rules expand to include anyone charged with a major crime or perceived as a danger to national security by Homeland Security, he said.

“There is a lot of uncertainty about the rules right now,” said Khalsa, based on the feedback he has been receiving from people across the country.

“Frankly, we were shocked at the speed with which these changes were made,” said the Indian American Sikh community leader from Indiana.

Khalsa, who is close to the Vice President, Mike Pence, however noted that now is not the time to panic.

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