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On the seventh anniversary of the Oak Creek, Wisconsin, gurdwara massacre of six innocent Sikh worshippers by a white supremacist, U.S. lawmakers have said the recent killing of more than 34 innocent civilians in El Paso,Texas, Dayton, Ohio and Gilroy, California, by a white supremacist and other domestic terrorists, prove that hardly any progress has been made in halting such hate-filled acts.

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A coalition of South Asian American and other minority civil rights groups led by South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT), came together on April 2 in a Capitol Hill Congressional briefing to draw attention to the rising of South Asians also seeking asylum in the U.S. “to escape violence, persecution, and repression alongside migrants from African, Southeast Asian, Central American, and Latin American countries.”

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With assaults on legal protections for immigrants more commonplace, Rishi Bagga, immediate past president of the South Asian Bar Association of North America, told attendees at the group’s 15th annual conference that it was especially significant that this year’s gathering was being held in New York City.

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A leading South Asian American civil rights group has declared the administration’s end to protected status for more than 9,000 Nepali immigrants “further proof of the Trump administration’s racist, anti-immigrant, deportation agenda.” South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) has denounced the action announced on April 26 by Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen. 

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Criminals who engage in spoofing – a scheme that disguises the caller’s identity – face increased accountability under a new law enacted as part of the omnibus spending bill. The measure was pushed through by Rep. Grace Meng (D-NY), whose Queens district has one of the nation’s largest Indian-American and South Asian-American constituencies.

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Asian-American lawmakers in the House of Representatives, led by Rep. Judy Chu (D-Calif.), have introduced the family reunification bill to address what they call “the chain migration myth” but congressional sources told India Abroad that the measure has gained “no traction” since its Feb. 6 introduction and is unlikely to progress without Republican support.