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(The News Bureau)

It’s official now. The White House admitted that the murder of Srinivas Kuchibhotla in a restaurant in Kansas was a racist attack.
Addressing the US Congress, President Donald Trump on February 28 condemned the Kansas shooting and said, “We condemn hat


in all its ugly forms. There is no place for hate crimes in America.”

Despite saying so, he reiterated his America First slogan from his Presidential campaign and said that America must put its own citizens first, because only then can we truly make America great again.

The US President also said he will continue to tighten immigration rules. It is this controversial policy of Trump that inspired hate crimes in US ever since he won the Presidential elections.

Srinivas was killed and his colleague Alok Madasani from Warangal district in Telangana was injured in the shooting. A former Navy serviceman, Adam W Purinton, opened fire as he reportedly yelled “Terrorist” and “get out of my country”. The two engineers were working as aviation programme managers at Garmin, a MNC.

Srinivas, 32, is the second man from Tel


langana to die in a shootout in the US this month. Software engineer Vamshi Reddy Mamidala was shot dead in Milpitas, California, on February 10, by an offender in the garage of his apartment building.

The 27-year-old, who hailed from Warangal district, died when the assailant opened fire while fleeing after robbing a woman. And it appears there is not going to be an end for racist crimes, if the printed threats that were recently pasted outside the houses of the so-called non-Americans in Texas are any indication.

The printed threat says, “Residents, our new President Donald J Trump is God’s gift to white nation. We want to get our country back on the right track. We need to get rid of Muslims, Indians, Blacks and Jews.”

It also says, “We can start with the great state of Texas and President Trump will take care of the country. These foreigners are taking our high paying jobs and leaving us stranded. So, please do not sell or rent your homes to them. WE are everywhere and watching every move. We have our members in the law enforcement and government, so don’t bother about going to them.”

It further says, “If you are one of those above mentioned race then this is a warning. Leave Texas or better yet go back to where you came from. If you don’t heed this warning, then we are not responsible for the torture starting now. God Bless America and God Bless Donald J Trump!!!”

This hate campaign is the result of Trump’s immigration policies denounced by every reasonable man of the world and the US judiciary. Following this kind of hate campaign and the killings of Srinivas and Vamshidhar Reddy, a sense of insecurity has crept the minds of Indians living in US. Not just Indians living in US, but the parents, families and friends are w


orried for the safety of their kith and kin migrated to US in search of greener pastures.

The entire world has been criticizing Trump for this situation and demanding for a change in his policies, hit attitude towards migrants. But, for sure, all those living in US are feeling insecure now.

Srinivas’s mother questions Trump’s policies

The mother of Indian techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, who was shot dead in the US in a racist attack, questioned the immigration policies of President Donald Trump, which allegedly triggered racist attacks.

The US is the country of migration. People from all countries migrate to US. Who are you to say don’t come, asked Parvathavardhini, mother of Srinivas, who was cremated on February 28.

If you kill people because of their colour and race, what will happen to their parents Did you give birth to them, raised and educated them, asked the grief-stricken mother, opening up for the first time since Kansas shooting incident which killed her son.

Srinivas, 32, was killed and Alok Madasani was injured when Adam W. Purinton, a white man who earlier served in the US Navy, shot them at the Austins Bar & Grill in Olathe, Kansas state, on Wednesday night.

Purinton reportedly got into an argument with the victims and hurled racial slurs. He yelled get out of my country, terrorist before shooting them. Parvathavardhini said her son had gone to the bar with his friend to see the football match on a big screen. His wife had gone to the office and till her return he wanted to spend some time. Was this a crime she asked while talking to media persons.

She claimed that Srinivas did not say anything to the man who entered into an argument. My son did not say anything even though the attacker kept throwing racial slurs, she said.

She said Indians living in the US should stay united to prevent such incidents. She, however, was not sure how they will succeed in the atmosphere created in that country.

Keep an open mind Modi to Trump

Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged the United States to keep an open mind on admitting skilled Indian workers.
Modi’s comments reflected concern that India’s $150 billion IT services industry would suffer if the United States curbs the visas, known as H-1B, it relies on to send its software experts to the United States on project work.

The prime minister referred to the role of skilled Indian talent in enriching the American economy and society, Modi’s office said in a statement after he met a bipartisan delegation of 26 members of the US Congress.

He urged developing a reflective, balanced and far-sighted perspective on movement of skilled professionals.

Indian nationals are by far the largest group of recipients of the 65,000 H-1B visas issued each year to new applicants under a cap mandated by Congress. Exemptions on the H-1B cap are available to up to 20,000 further applicants who have obtained a U.S. master’s degree.

The actual number of Indian nationals working in the United States under the H-1B programme is significantly higher, however, because many visas are rolled over.

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, who was born in India, also met Modi on Tuesday. He told the Economic Times earlier that his own career had been made possible by an enlightened immigration policy.

Initial confidence that Asia’s third-largest economy would benefit from Trump’s election victory has given way to concern that his isolationist rhetoric and hostility to free trade would hurt India’s hi-tech and outsourcing industry.

The sector, led by Tata Consultancy Services, Infosys Ltd and Wipro Ltd, employs 3.5 million people and is lobbying against proposed U.S. visa curbs – including increases on salaries that H-1B visa holders must earn.

Part of the delegation led by Congressman Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia who chairs the House Judiciary Committee, met Ravi Shankar Prasad, India’s minister in charge of electronics and IT.

Goodlatte, speaking at the meeting with Prasad, declined to answer a question on visa restrictions, saying it was up to the president to reassess his policies on immigration.

A senior Indian official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said India hoped to resolve the visa issue with the United States but declined to be drawn on the details.

The government supported a move by NASSCOM, India’s high-tech industry association, to lobby US lawmakers and companies to urge the administration not to crack down on allowing its skilled workers into the United States, the source said.

Ban on undocumented Immigrants Will Impact Indian-Americans

The US government issued a sweeping set of orders on February 21 that implement President Donald Trump’s plan to increase immigration enforcement, placing the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants at risk of deportation.

The Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement, the Department of Homeland Security said in an enforcement memo.

Department personnel have full authority to arrest or apprehend an alien whom an immigration officer has probable cause to believe is in violation of the immigration laws, it said.

The Department of Homeland Security has issued two enforcement memos, which among other things, tightens deportation of illegal immigrants. The emphasis is on criminal aliens, though, but opens up the door for others too. Indian-Americans, who as per an unofficial count account for nearly 3 lakh illegal aliens, are likely to be greatly impacted by this.

According to the memo, the DHS Secretary has the authority to apply expedited removal provisions to aliens who have not been admitted or paroled into the US, who are inadmissible, and who have not been continuously physically present in the US for the two-year period immediately prior to the determination of their inadmissibility, so that such aliens are immediately removed unless the alien is an unaccompanied minor, intends to apply for asylum or has a fear of persecution or torture in their home country, or claims to have lawful immigration status.

The memorandum said when illegal aliens apprehended do not pose a risk of a subsequent illegal entry, returning them to the foreign contiguous territory from which they arrived, pending the outcome of removal proceedings, saves the government detention and adjudication resources for other priority aliens.

CBP and ICE personnel shall, to the extent lawful, appropriate and reasonably practicable, return such aliens to such territories pending their hearings, the memo said. The Democrats were quick to oppose this.

These guidelines are now the official policy of the Trump Administration, implementing the President’s mass deportation Executive Orders, Senator Dick Durbin, the Democratic Senator from Illinois and Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration said.

In a statement, he called on his counterpart on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Chairman John Cornyn, to hold hearings on these orders.

We need an immediate public examination in Congress of these heavy-handed, anti-family policies, he said.

Beth Werlin, executive director of American Immigration Council said the memos indicate that many people in the interior of the country not just those at the border could be subject to expedited deportation without going before a judge, the details of which DHS said will be forthcoming in a notice in the Federal Register.

Asserting that anyone who is living in the country illegally are subject to be removed, the White House ALSO said that illegal immigrants who pose a threat to the nations security like the criminals are top on the list of priority to be deported.

People who pose a threat to the country are immediately dealt with. There are about a million such people in the country now. President is consistent with his priorities. Anyone who is living in the country illegally is subject to removal illegally, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters at his daily news conference.

Spicer was responding to question after the Department of Homeland Security issued two memorandums to implement the executive orders of the US President on immigration. According to him, there are about 14-15 million illegal immigrants in the country of which one million pose a threat to the safety and security of the country.

The number one priority when you look at the scope of how many people are in the country illegally, the number one priority is making sure that people who pose a threat to this country are immediately dealt with, he said, adding that this is not a small group of people.

We are talking close to a million people who have already been adjudicated, and their status processed through a formal due process system. So what we need to do now is to make sure that we focus the resources and the efforts on those people going first and foremost. The fact sheet and the information we put out lays that out very, very clearly what is being done, Spicer said.

But for so long, the people at Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Police had their hands cuffed behind them, he rued and blamed the previous Obama Administration on that.

But, right now, what we’ve done is to make sure that they have the ability and the guidance and the resources to do what they – what their mission is, and that’s it, plain and simple. And the president is consistent with his priority of making sure that those people who pose a threat to this country are the first ones to go, Spicer said.

One of the memos, he said outlines the steps that Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will take to secure the nations southern border, prevent further illegal immigration and to repatriate illegal immigrants swiftly, consistently and humanely.

This includes immediately identifying and allocating all sources of available funding for the planning, design, construction, and maintenance of a wall along our southern border and hiring of additional personnel including 5,000 additional CBP border agents, he said.

The memo regarding the executive order enhancing public safety in the interior of the United States, outlines several practices and policies in order to strengthen the efficient and faithful execution of this country’s immigration laws.

That includes hiring more ICE agents and officers, as well as additional mission support and legal staff necessary to support their activities, he added.

TATA issues advisory for Telugus in US

The killing of Indian techie, Srinivas Kuchibhotla, in a racist attack in Kansas, prompted the Telangana American Telugu Association (TATA) issue an advisory for the Telugu speaking people to not converse in their mother tongue in public places.

The association has also asked members not to get into confrontations in public. TATA has released a charter with five advices to the community

1. Do not get intro argument that with others at public places.
2. Should someone provoke you, avoid confrontation and leave the area.
3. As much as we love talking in our mother tongue, it can often be misconstrued. Please see if you can communicate in English in public places
4. Isolated places can often be targeted. Please avoid going or staying alone.
5. During emergency, do not hesitate to call 911.

It isn’t just associations and people based in America who are feeling nervous after the murder, but those in India too. The NRI Parents Association based out of Telangana had said that they were worried about safety of students and young Indians in America. The mortal remains of Srinivas reached Hyderabad on Monday night. Family and friends paid homage to him The last rites were performed on Tuesday and hundreds of people from across the city came to pay their respects.





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