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Congressman Ro Khanna

Representing the 17th District of California

Immigration

Immigration LogoAs the son of immigrants, I know firsthand how strongly immigrants believe in and contribute to the American dream. Immigrants help strengthen our economy and enrich our culture, and I will fight to protect immigrants’ rights while ending abuses of the system.

Undocumented immigrants contribute to American society and we must protect their legal rights and status. I will advocate for legal status for DREAMers, pathways to citizenship for productive adults, family reunification visas, guest worker visa programs, and asylum for refugees. America is, at its heart, a nation of immigrants—it is our responsibility to fix the system to support all Americans, current and future.

I will also strive to reform the H-1B visa program to ensure that corporations cannot displace American workers in favor of cheap, foreign labor who they can easily control and underpay. Silicon Valley’s leadership in the world of technology was achieved in large part thanks to immigrants who came here on H-1B visas. For that I am grateful, but we must fix this program by restoring it to its original intent, protecting all workers from systemic abuses by profit-driven companies, and preserving the limited H1-B visas for high-skilled foreign workers.


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September 20, 2017 In The News

An Indian American congressman has said that American lawmakers should make sure that the H-1B visa program, popular among Indian techies, is not abused to undercut the U.S. job market and attract the best and the brightest into the country.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa that allows U.S. companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise in specialized fields.

September 7, 2017 In The News

Indian-American lawmakers have criticised US President Donald Trump for scrapping an amnesty programme that granted work permits to immigrants who arrived in the country illegally as children, saying the consequences of the decision will be "devastating".

Describing Trumps action as a cruel and inhuman, five- Indian American lawmakers in separate statements announced that they will fight the US presidents decision.

September 5, 2017 Press Release

Washington, DC – Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement in response to the Trump Administration announcing a wind down of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

September 5, 2017 In The News

President Trump was quick to toss away the hottest of political issues Tuesday, telling Congress it’s now up to lawmakers to decide the fate of the nearly 800,000 young people who could face deportation with the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

“Congress, get ready to do your job — DACA,” Trump tweeted early Tuesday, hours before Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced that the program established in a 2012 executive order by former President Barack Obama “is being rescinded.”

August 3, 2017 In The News

President Trump’s plan to limit immigration to all but highly skilled English speakers is bad news both for Silicon Valley and the country, said Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna, whose South Bay district includes includes that high-tech hub.

While talented immigrants are both needed and welcome in Silicon Valley, he said in a video discussion with Chronicle political writers Joe Garofoli and John Wildermuth, “people aren’t just software engineers. They have mothers, sisters, families,” all of whom want to be part of the American community beyond the tech world.

July 3, 2017 In The News

I recently sat down with Representative Ro Khanna of California to talk about technology, jobs and economic lessons from his perspective as Silicon Valley's congressman. Khanna, who is serving his first term, is vice chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and previously taught economics at Stanford University, law at Santa Clara University, and American jurisprudence at San Francisco State University. Here are some highlights of our conversation:

March 27, 2017 In The News

Manik Suri is the archetypical overachiever from an Indian American family. The 34-year-old runs a start-up in Silicon Valley. He speaks four languages. He’s got two Ivy League degrees.

And yet, when the windows at an Indian restaurant near his house were shot out in late February, along with those of an Eritrean place nearby, he felt shaken. “We catered my wife’s sister’s wedding in that restaurant,” he said. “The whole conception of the Indian community as a model minority—we benefitted from that perception.” This is “the first time I’ve ever felt, ‘Wow, it doesn’t matter.’”

March 6, 2017 Press Release

STATEMENT: Rep. Ro Khanna on Trump’s Repackaged Muslim & Refugee Ban

Monday, March 6, 2017 – SILICON VALLEY, CA– Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) released the following statement after President Trump’s executive order seeking to reinstate his Muslim and Refugee ban:

March 2, 2017 In The News

New bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives on Thursday.

It takes aim at two popular work visa programs used in the tech and the business world.

Called the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act, the legislation is identical to the bill reintroduced by Senators Chuck Grassley and Dick Durbin in late January.

Lawmakers have been debating proposals to change the popular H-1B visa program for years, but the time for reform seems to be more ripe than ever under the Trump administration.

January 28, 2017 Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Ro Khanna (CA-17) issued the following statement in response the executive order signed by President Trump today:

“It's sad that President Trump signed an order banning refugees on Holocaust Remembrance Day. What makes us great is being open to immigrants regardless of race or creed. I am working with colleagues to reverse these policies that are not consistent with our founding ideals.”

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