US-India Global Review

29 US-INDIA GLOBAL REVIEW JANUARY-MARCH 2018 has the Indian-American com- munity done to help you? This is political in nature. We decline to answer in an official capacity. Does the "Samosa Caucus" as Rep. Krishnamoorthi has called the slew of Indian- Americans now in Congress, meet and coordinate? How? And how do you see the role played by Indian-Americans in the domestic and foreign policy front in terms of their achieve- ments and how they could gain more traction at the policymak- ing table? I’m very proud to serve along- side my Indian-American col- leagues and I enjoy working with them. Our collective experience and diversity bring unique per- spectives to our committees and the work we do in the House. I am heartened that, in the United States, I can be born the son of immigrants and can eventually serve in Congress. What do you count as your contributions to ties with India over the last one year? You did go in a Congressional delega- tion to India and it would be great to hear your concerns and plans? I have been active in numerous forums and activities working with Swadesh Chatterjee to strengthen the strategic partnership between the US and India on counterterror- ism and innovation. Could you also talk about how you plan to deal with H1-B visa, or with DACA, and bills going through Congress that might impact the Indian com- munity here and in India direct- ly? I’ve introduced bipartisan legis- lation that reforms the H-1B visa program by eliminating loopholes to end abuses. We shouldn’t have companies with more than 50% of their employees on H-1B visas and we should make sure than anybody working with an H-1B visa is getting paid a fair wage. As for DACA, I will continue to push for a solution in Congress that reinstates this program. We must safeguard the livelihood of DREAMers and provide these inspiring young people and their courageous parents a pathway to citizenship. You are in two very signifi- cant committees. The Armed Services Committee is of partic- ular significance at this time of global uncertainty, including in the South Asian region. What do you think about the Trump administration's push to expand and deepen security cooperation and defense tech- nology relations with India? And also its Indo-Pacific policy where it has declared India as a major partner, along with Japan and possibly Australia? I wholly support productive national security partnerships between the U.S. and its allies – including India. It is in our strate- gic interest to strengthen our part- nership with one of the world’s fastest growing economies and a pluralistic democracy. These rela- tionships make the world a safer place. What I oppose is U.S. involvement in foreign conflicts that compromises our national security and endangers civilians, including the strikes in Syria earli- er this year and U.S. participation in the Saudi-led bombings in the civil war in Yemen. As a member of the House Budget Committee, you get to have input on various sectors of the economy. What are your major concerns on the domes- tic policy front at this time and in the coming years? It is my goal to ensure that the American workforce is prepared as the global economy continues to become more technology- focused. Silicon Valley has seen tremendous growth over the past couple decades, and I want to help develop those skills and suc- cess in places left behind. It is vital that Americans have the opportunity and skillset to take advantage of the 21st-century economy. Ela Dutt | Editor, Parikh Worldwide Media