Road to the White House: Immigration: Trump’s merit with wall vs Biden’s welcome for all

In just 100 days, 1.3 million Indian American voters have to choose between “President Tweety” Donald Trump and “Sleepy Joe” Biden, as they call each other, who they want to win the White House.

Time was when immigrants from India largely voted for Democrats in presidential elections since 1992 when Democrat Bill Clinton ousted incumbent Republican President George H.W. Bush.

But things started changing in 2016 when a group of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s supporters rooted for “Abki bar Trump Sarkar” (This time Trump government) copying Modi’s own 2014 slogan.

So much so that now both political parties are wooing them in right earnest hoping their demographic profile in eight battle ground states — from Arizona to Wisconsin — giving them a clout far larger than their numbers, would prove a game changer.

But who would be good for them, who would do better for the economy and who would stand by their former homeland. So let’s take a look at issues close to their heart starting with immigration.

President Trump earlier this month promised to bring a ‘great’ and ‘very powerful merit-based immigration act’ that would be “strong on borders’ and also take care of “people from DACA in a very Republican way.”

But he gave no details. Nor does his campaign site listing an “immigration reform proposal which calls for the transition to a merit-based immigration plan” among the promises kept.

The campaign also does not outline Trump’s plans on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Obama era program that protects undocumented immigrants, who were brought to the US as children, after it was upheld by the Supreme Court.

It simply says that the Trump administration also “took action to wind down the DACA program in an orderly fashion” giving “Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions.”

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