US Presidential Elections: Biden promises bolstering ties with India, revoking H-1B visa ban if he wins

US vice-president Joe Biden says he will not run for president in 2016

The upcoming US Presidential elections now has an Indian pitch to the poll narrative.

In a message which has struck a chord with millions of Indians in the United States and in India, Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe Biden has said that is he wins the November polls, strengthening the India-US relationship would be a top priority area for his administration.

He has also promised to revoke the temporary suspension of H-1B visas which came a huge sigh of relief for Indian techies eyeing the US job market. The Trump administration has put on hold H-1B visas from June 23 till the end of this year in keeping with his ‘America First’ policy to protect the interest of American workers.

 

Addressing a digital townhall meeting on Asian American and Pacific Islander issues, Biden while praising the contribution of H-1B visa holders said, “He (Donald Trump) just ended H-1B visas the rest of this year. That will not be in my administration.”

Outlining his proposed immigration policy, Biden said, “On day one, I’m going to send the legislative immigration reform bill to Congress to provide a roadmap to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants who contribute so much to this country, including 1.7 million from the AAPI community. My immigration policy is built around keeping families together, modernising an immigration system by keeping families, unification and diversity as pillars of our immigration system, which it used to be.”

At a fund raiser event, Biden talked of strengthening ties with India, if voted to power in November. “India needs to be a partner in the region for our safety’s sake, and quite frankly for theirs. That strategic partnership is necessary and important in our security.”

 

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