‘Nothing New’ for Indians in the U.S.

Asian American Matters: A New York Anthology

“If the Indian community feels increasingly vulnerable and targeted by the Trump administration, on the immigration front, it’s nothing new in the United States,” writes Sujeet Rajan in a News India Times story on the recently published “Asian American Matters: A New York Anthology,” a collection of essays that examines the country through the eyes of Asian-American scholars, artists, and activists. One of the pieces describes the government’s perceptions of Indian immigrants in the early 1900s:

The Indian community was viewed as a “bigger threat than other Asiatic groups,” in the beginning of the 20th century. In 1910, a Senate Immigration Commission declared that Indians (then called “Hindus”) were “universally regarded as the least desirable race of immigrants thus far admitted to the United States,” Kurien, the author of “A Place at the Table: Multiculturalism and the Development of an American Hinduism,” says in a commentary piece in “Asian American Matters.”

More than a century later, Rajan writes, “there’s a sense of déjà vu for the Indian community.”

The Trump administration seems to be clamping down hard on the legal immigration front, be it workers on visas or family chain migration, majority of which benefit the Indian community. While immigration levels have not drastically dipped, there’s a perception that the government wants to quickly put in place new rules and regulations to curb the flow of immigrants from India, specifically.

Another essay looks at how the H-1B visa “threatens the space and place of whiteness.” Read more on this, and other essays, in the full story at News India Times.

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