Hillary Clinton Plans to Introduce comprehensive immigration reform within her first 100 days in office

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August 9th, 2016/ Maryland, USA-- Hillary Clinton Plans to Introduce comprehensive immigration reform within her first 100 days in office.As Hillary Clinton is counting on support from Asian American and Pacific Islanders(AAPI) citizens, a potentially powerful slice of the electorate, to be the next president of the United States of America, Nepalese and Bhutanese Americans organized a nationwide conference on the theme Committed to Elect Secretary Clinton as the Next President and formed  a national grassroots volunteer organization grouped to network among community leaders and advocates who share Hillary Clinton’s vision under the banner Nepali for Hillary N(http://www.nepaliforhillary.com/). 

Speakers of the conference-- Mr. Harry (H.B) Bhandari, founder of the organization, Mr. Jason Tengco, National Out Reach Director Hillary for America (AAPI), Mrs. Sanjita Pradhan, Hillary Leadership Council Member (AAPI) and Ms. Constantina Meis, Young Democrats of Americas’(YDA) National Executive Vice President—highlighted why a strong levels of support among AAPI community is imperative for Clinton.  


     Mr. Bhandari, former national secretary of YDA (MC), and Maryland General Assembly candidate, spoke on the purpose of forming the organization. He acknowledged Hillary Clinton as a strong, tested, resilient leader, and a true friend of Nepal who took her time to visit the country in 1995 as the first lady during her 12-day tour of South Asia that centered on promoting better education and health in South Asian regions. He further said, “The Nepali for Hillary(NFH) is our commitment in mobilizing the resources and ideas to ensure Hillary’s victory as our next president. Eventually, it aims to be a vehicle to a political integration and empowering Nepalese diaspora communities in each state across the nation”.

Mr. Jason Tengco, AAPI Out Reach Director Hillary and  former Deputy Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI), explained the Clinton’s plan to break down barriers and improve the lives of AAPIs citizens by Raising Incomes and Creating Good-Paying Jobs, Providing Quality and Affordable Education, Make college debt-free, and help AAPI graduates with their current debt, Enhancing Health and Expanding Access to Health Care, Defending and expanding  the Affordable Care Act, Fighting for Comprehensive Immigration Reform, Increment of the  AAPI representation in government, Reauthorize the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to name few.  He highlighted Hillary’s plan to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform within her first 100 days in the White House.  He appreciated the volunteer effort from Nepalese/Bhutanese and other AAPI community’s effort to elect Hillary and further said, “Hillary will offer law-abiding immigrants a path to full and equal citizenship instead of breaking up law-abiding immigrant families. And Democratic-led administration will address the backlog for those waiting for visas, which will help to reunite immigrant families in the light that Asia-Pacific region make up about 40% of the family visa backlog”.

Similarly, Ms. Constantina Meis, YDA’s executive vice-president, said that the equal opportunities and empowerment of youth, women, minorities, and poor are few of the top pick-up opportunities to reduce socio-economic difference that brings  positive difference in lives of all. However, the only way to get these things implemented is electing Secretary Clinton for our next president; she has a strong track record of fighting against all societal and political barrier to upward mobility. Therefore, I appeal to motivate youths and communities across the country to help in voting registration drive and Get out and Vote(GOTV)”.


Mrs. Sanjita Pradhan, Hillary Leadership Council Member (AAPI) emphasized on the integrated effort of all communities to elect Democratic Party’s Candidate Hillary Clinton as the next U.S. president. She explained, “We need to highlight the important of AAPI’s voter registration in all social gatherings as much as possible on electing Hillary”. 


The program was moderated by Ms. Binita Devkota. Many community leaders across the country including Dr. Shyam Karki, Ammar Chhantyal, Gopal Bishwakarma, Chandra Bishokarma, Biwso Shah, Khagendra GC, Mohan Gyawali, Surya Thapa, Hari Sharma, Deshraj Sonyok, Bharat Baraili, Govinda Shrestha, Bishwaman Angdembe, Dr. Sanjeev Sapkota, Mohan Timilisina, Dr. Keshav Bhandari, Dr. Barsa Moktan, Binod Moktan, Bimal Nepal, Bikash Devkota, Rishi Dhakal, Bhakta Thapa, Anil Pandey, Rajendra Siwakoti, Devi Ghimire, Uma Karki Thapa, Surendra Shretha, Dr. Bijaya Raj Sharma Basudev Khanal, Shailesh Shrestha, Suman Wosti, Madhu Sudhan Budhathoki, Krishna Lamichhane,Gauri Joshi, Haribole Bhandari, Sundar Karmacharya, Dinesh Sharma, Maheswor Pant, Rabin Thapa, Tika Acharya, Bhola Siwakoti, Shiva Bista among others attended the conference. 


According to Harry (H.B) Bhandari, the founder of the organization, national volunteer leaders include Binita Devkota, Naryan Shrestha, Madhukar Adhikari in different capacities and the organization is in the process of expansion. At the end of the conference, Mr. Bhandari thanked Bel Leong-Hong, Chair Democratic National Committee(DNC) AAPI Caucus, who is considered 50 most influential women in America, for her lifelong support and dedication in the empowerment of AAPI communities across the nation.     By RONIX BHANDARI