E5: Ro Khanna, Raj Shah and Immigration

Salas and Raghav discuss a couple of South Asian American leaders and their role in the immigration debate (esp H1-Bs and “chain migration”): progressive Congressman Ro Khanna (yay!) and conservative White House spokesman Raj Shah (boo!).

Because of Salas’s liberal stance and Raghav’s recent shift from a libertarian outlook towards a more progressive one, they have a clear favorite.

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Rohingya, Puerto Rico, Jagmeet Singh

We get into some tough topics, discussing the current crisis in Myanamar with the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims and how it got to this point. For our second topic, we talk about the effects of the colonial model, how it creates second class citizens, and the effects on Puerto Rico.

After these two big, tragic topics we change tones and end on a celebratory note. Jagmeet Singh has made history in Canada, as the first person of color to lead a major party.

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What Explains the Rise of the Desi Right in America?

South Asians are the top minority in the Trump White House- with Ajit Pai, Seema Verma, and Nikki Haley among the most prominent.
Shalabh Kumar was one of Trump’s “mega donors” – donating almost $1 million to Trump, getting Trump to mimic Modi’s famous “Ab Ki Baar Trump Sarkaar” line.
And finally, there were a number of well publicized Hindu rallies/ceremonies in Trump’s honor in India and at least 1 in America.

This is true even as roughly 75-80% of South Asians vote Democrat.

Salas and Ragz give brainstorm some ideas as to why this might be the case.

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H1-B sponsors hire many, but pay only a little

This article backs up Ragz’s point from our last podcast about H1-B sponsors flooding the lottery trying to get cheap labor for engineering slots.

US-based companies like Apple, Microsoft, Google are paying significantly more than Indian-based companies like Cognizant and Tata for H1-B visa holders. May be just because the US-based companies are subcontracting out a lot of work. So though they look better on paper in terms of pay to H1-B holders, this may not bear in reality.

“You don’t have a vote”: On the fate of H1-Bs and Qatar

Raghav and Salas talk about the fate of the H1B visa under the Trump presidency. And what current H1B visa holders face in trying to make their way in America with limited rights.

We also break down the Saudi Arabian blockade of Qatar and how it affects South Asians living in the region. On this, Raghav has some first hand experience.

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Incoming Fresh(wo)man Inspired by Sen Kamala Harris

“Having Sen Harris as an example of what it means to be the living, breathing product of such a prestigious historically black institution fills me with pride and confidence as I prepare to attend Howard in the fall.”

Tan Dhesi vows to be Sikhs’ voice in British Government

“There has never been a turbaned Sikh MP here, weird as that sounds. It is trailblazing. I could feel extra expectations,” the 38-year-old MP said at Portcullis House in London.

On the rights of Sikhs to wear turbans, Dhesi said, “It is important we take the lead in Britain to enshrine those rights, so that others around the world may follow. I will raise a voice for those Sikhs in Europe or elsewhere who cannot wear their articles of faith”.

Source: tan dhesi: MP Tan Dhesi vows to be Sikhs’ voice | Chandigarh News – Times of India

Imam Calms Situation, Apprehends White Terrorist

Sad day, with a white terrorist (officially an act of terror) in London driving into a group of people leaving a mosque after prayers.

After the incident, Imam Mohammed Mahmoud stepped in to make sure the police could apprehend the white terrorist.

From the Washington Post:

Then, something remarkable happened: An imam from the mosque outside of which the attack took place came outside and persuaded the angry, grief-stricken crowd to practice peace, not violence.

Mayor Sadiq Khan told Sky News that Mahmoud’s actions “calming things down” were “what I’d expect from a good faith leader, from a good Muslim leader.”