Indian-Americans offer to fund Trump wall to win green cards

WASHINGTON, Jun 14: Their plight may not be as dramatic as that of the illegal immigrant mother whose infant daughter was allegedly taken from her by immigration officials as she breast-fed her in a detention center. Or as traumatic as that of thousands of young children forcibly separated from their parents under the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy as they illegally crossed the border and who are now lodged in warehouses.
But in some ways, it is even more tragic – because they are young Indian adults on the pathway to legal immigration, and they say they are having to make way for illegal immigrants first. Scores of Indian-origin teenagers and young adults supported by parents and activists rallied on Capitol Hill on Wednesday in an effort to draw attention to their strange plight that is resulting in them having to “self-deport” themselves when they reach the age of 21 — even though their parents are in the US on legal work visas. They dubbed the DALCA kids, for Deferred Action for Legal Childhood Arrivals, as opposed to the more high-profile DACA, the sought-after pathway to citizenship that applies to children who came to US illegally. And why do DALCA kids have to self-deport at 21? Because that is when their H-4 dependent status ends, even through their parents, most of whom are on H-1B visas, remain in green card limbo, their permanent residency applications taking as long as 70-plus years because of a backlog that is particularly tough on Indians because of their high numbers. By some accounts, there are nearly 200,000 Indian-American children who were brought to the US legally by their parents on H-1B or other work visas. (Agencies)