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Obama's immigration policy may help Indians

In what could be seen as a boon to Indians wishing to come to the US, the new Obama Administration's proposed immigration policy favours increase in the number of the legal immigrants in the country.

world Updated: Jan 21, 2009 15:46 IST

In what could be seen as a boon to Indians wishing to come to the US, the new Obama Administration's proposed immigration policy favours increase in the number of the legal immigrants in the country.

Governmental statistics in the past have indicated that Indians are mostly legal immigrants.

"Fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill," according to the White House document that outlines the Immigration Agenda of the new Administration.

"Our broken immigration system can only be fixed by putting politics aside and offering a complete solution that secures our border, enforces our laws, and reaffirms our heritage as a nation of immigrants," Obama says in the paper.

The agenda document also promises to remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants.

The Obama Administration would also support a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens.

Delivering a speech on the floor of the Senate on May 23, 2007, then as the US Senator, Obama, who was sworn in as President yesterday, had said: "The time to fix our broken immigration system is now... We need stronger enforcement on the border and at the workplace.

"But for reform to work, we also must respond to what pulls people to America... Where we can reunite families, we should. Where we can bring in more foreign-born workers with the skills our economy needs, we should."