Supporters urge Trump to allow Afghan Hindus, Sikhs into US | Chandigarh News

Amritsar: After the introduction of a resolution by Congresswoman Jackie Speier in the House of Representatives, seeking to resettle Afghanistan’s persecuted Hindu and Sikh communities in the US, NGO United Sikhs has now called upon President Donald Trump to issue an executive order to grant them permanent entry into the country.
Gundeep Singh of United Sikhs said on Thursday, “At this juncture, we and others are calling upon President Donald Trump to issue an executive order that grants permanent entry into the US to all remaining Afghan Sikhs and Hindus. Due to the imminent danger they are in, it is vital that they be allowed immediate safe passage into the US without delay. They urgently need to be granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS) refugee or asylum status and immediately placed in safe zones outside of Afghanistan.”
The resolution of Jackie Speier condemned the targeted terrorist attacks against members of the Sikh, Hindu and other religious minority communities in Afghanistan.
Gundeep Singh further said, “We are grateful to her (Jackie) for supporting refugee protection and recognising systematic religious persecution, discrimination, and the danger faced by the members of these communities.”
Harpreet Singh Sandhu, executive director at the American Sikh Congressional Caucus, urged all Caucus Chairs, members of Congress and the Senators to step in on urgent humanitarian grounds. “America has a moral obligation to preserve the sanctity of life and give Afghan Sikhs and Hindus a real chance for religious equality, safety, freedom and the pursuit of happiness.”
Notably, the department of state and the US Commission on International Religious Freedom have documented systemic discrimination against Sikhs and Hindus in Afghanistan, including restrictions on their religious practices, illegal seizure of properties, their inability to send their children to public schools due to harassment, judicial bias against religious minorities and the implementation of constitutional limits on the political rights of religious minorities.

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