Secretary Clinton’s official website (https://www.hillaryclinton.com/) lists 112 reasons why Hillary should become the next President of the United States and it is still counting!
Friend of India
Secretary Clinton has thousands of Indian American friends across the U.S. She has been to India four times as first lady, senator, and Secretary of State. Hillary Clinton’s connection with India goes back a long way. She visited India as First Lady in March 1995 with her daughter Chelsea and President Bill Clinton. Since then, popular lore has it that she was a friend of India in the White House. It is during her visit to Chennai in July 2011, Clinton declared, “It’s time to lead.” Hillary Clinton is a well-known political leader globally and in the Indian sub-continent. Having traveled extensively in India, she has a much deeper level of familiarity with India than any other candidate in the race.
US-India Diplomatic Relationships
As a senator, Hillary Clinton helped create and co-chaired the Senate India Caucus. She supported the U.S.-India civil nuclear agreement spearheaded by the Bush administration which won congressional approval in 2008.
Salient Points (why Indian Americans for Hillary)
Tested Leader: She is a strong, tested and resilient leader. She is standing strong against the roar of attacks and divisive partisan campaigning. Hillary Clinton’s positions on key issues mirror Obama’s: having been the Secretary of State in Obama administration, her foreign policy for example. Other examples include, “make it free community college”, ending the U.S. embargo with Cuba, going around Republicans in Congress and using executive power to change U.S. policy on immigration, creating a Medicare-for-all style health system and raising the minimum wage.
Trusted Partner for India
As Secretary of State her focus on rebalancing U.S. foreign policy toward Asia contained a strong emphasis on expanding ties with India. During Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State, the U.S. and India worked to ensure closer cooperation in high technology areas, particularly defense and space.
India and the US launched a ministerial-level strategic dialogue in July 2009, focusing on five interests—strategic cooperation; energy and climate change; education and development; economy, trade and agriculture; science and technology; and health and innovation. The first dialogue was held in Washington in June 2010.
Highlighting in her Foreign Policy essay of 2011 - “actively support India’s Look East effort” -talked of India as a “linchpin” of an “economically integrated and politically stable South and Central Asia.”
Champion for Supporting Indian Americans Her empathy towards minorities including Asian and Indian Americans has shown up time and again. Her compassion towards India and Indian Americans has been clearly evident on many instances.
HillaryClinton has promised that she will fix the nation's broken immigration system, improve access to higher education, and increase wages — all issues are extremely important for the Indian American electorate. "Ultimately this is more than an economic or political issue," she has said. "It's a family issue."
Clinton pledged to work to reduce the backlog for family visas to reunite immigrant families. She also reminded the immigrant Indians who has the eligibility and wish to become a naturalized citizen, "I don't want anyone who could be a citizen now to miss out on that opportunity," she said.
Indian Americans need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to full and equal citizenship. Only Hillary, as President, can act on these issues in a jiffy.
The economy is stronger and small businesses thrive when a Democratic President is in the White House. With Immigrant Indians have founded more startups than other immigrants, they are bound to enjoy huge support from Hillary Clinton administration.
Hillary Clinton believes that sanctuary cities can help further public safety. To the question, “Should every person purchasing a gun be required to pass a criminal and public safety background check?” Hillary Clinton has said yes, since public safety is important for Clinton.
Recognizing Indian American Talents
Hillary Clinton has high praise for Indian American Talents. Like Indian American scientists and other talents being honored in Obama’s White House, they stand to garner recognition from Hillary Clinton.
Obama’s Blessed Candidate
President Barack Obama has offered warm praise for Hillary Clinton.
“The fact that she’s extraordinarily experienced – and, you know, wicked smart and knows every policy inside and out – sometimes could make her more cautious and her campaign more prose than poetry, but those are also her strengths,” Obama told Politico’s Glenn Thrush. Hillary Clinton is considered by many as President Obama’s true heir.
If there was ever a time for the Indian-American community to mobilize and show support to Hillary, the time is NOW! Let us all rally behind Hillary Clinton!