Last November, Congressman Ami Bera became only the third Indian-American in the country’s history to be elected to the US Congress. A Democrat from California, Dr Bera’s family came to the US from Gujarat in the 1950s. He shared his thoughts on a U.S. visa for Narendra Modi and his hopes for future ties with Gujarat.
Do you believe the Obama administration should give Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi a U.S. visa?
Visa applications are handled by the executive branch of government and not Congress. That being said, I’ve inquired with both the State Department and senior officials in the administration on this matter.
Do many of your Indian American constituents want the U.S. to give a visa to Mr Modi?
All of my constituents, including the Indian Americans, are most concerned about jobs and the economy. I appreciate the diversity of opinions in the Indian American community on this matter, and I continue to welcome an open...