India and the United States are separated by thousand of miles of land and ocean unlike our Mexican neighbors whom the “so-called” President fears will flood into our country across our southern border. Let’s build a wall. You are not welcome in Trumpland! Whether perceived or real, many potential Indian emigres to the United States also now see a different America where they had hoped to work in the Information Technology sector. Many of their countrymen are already here by virtue of the H-1B visa program. More than 85,000 such visas are granted yearly, the majority to Indians.
“Generations of Indians have admired the United States for almost everything. But many are infuriated and unnerved by what they see as a wave of racist violence under . . . Trump, souring American allure. The reaction is not just anger and anxiety. Now young Indians who have aspired to study, live and work in the United States are looking elsewhere (NY Times, 4/24).” In their eyes, they soon saw that the anti-immigrant rage in America did not discriminate. In what was once seen as the promised land, “they now might just think that we’re terrorists.” Is this really how we will Make America Great Again? I think we will be going in the other direction, making America a bastion of prejudice and nativism that will make us a lesser, NOT greater nation.
As expressed by one Indian businessman: “The U.S. has been such a good country with such good policies, and this guy comes to power, and you don’t know what he might actually do.”