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2017
Diversity as a correctional tool • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on December 28, 2017
When 29-year-old terror suspect Sayfullo Saipov drove his rental truck along a bike path in the lower Manhattan area of New York, leaving a swath of terror, carnage....


SF woman uses own struggles to advocate for well-being of youth • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on December 21, 2017
For years, San Francisco resident Susan Page couldn't explain the overwhelming sadness that enveloped her as early as sixth grade. Page, now 26, tried to confide in her mother Lynne


Spending bill must include DACA compromise • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on December 14, 2017
On Nov. 28, President Donald Trump tweeted: "Meeting with ‘Chuck and Nancy' today about keeping the government open and working. Problem is they want illegal immigrants flooding into our Country unchecked...

How to Buy a Green Card • India Currents • Published on Dec 4, 2017 | Now & Then
Care to become a green card holder quickly? Looking to avoid the long H-1B lines? All you need is upwards of half a million dollars. That should be the tagline to the EB-5 visa marketing campaign. The EB-5 visa program is a pathway to legal permanent residence for...


San Francisco: The best US city for immigrants? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on November 30, 2017 1:00 am
Among 50 of the most populous cities in the United States, San Francisco was declared the friendliest city for immigrants, according to a recent report from international money transfer platform...


PrEP campaigns must include youth, communities of color • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on November 16, 2017 1:00 am
The Department of Public Health has launched an ambitious campaign called Getting to Zero: zero HIV transmissions, zero deaths from HIV-related illnesses and zero HIV stigma in San Francisco...


Not My History? • India Currents • Published on Nov 3, 2017 | Now & Then
In the December 22, 1941 issue of Life magazine there is an article titled "How to Tell Japs from the Chinese." A Chinese public servant and a Japanese warrior are presented to the reader and the racial differences between the two are explicitly highlighted....


Job-creating EB-5 visa program sees numbers decline • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on Nov 2, 2017 1:00 am
On Sept. 8, the EB-5 Regional Center visa program was extended by Congress, without any changes, until Dec. 8.....


Bay Area melting pot comprised of exotic tastes • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on Oct 19, 2017
The sky was Maya blue with streaks of white. People were milling about, holding hands, peering at menu boards, pushing strollers and wheelchairs and sharing bites of culture....


Ban and register firearm stockpilers, not Muslims • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on October 5, 2017
During his first week in office, President Donald Trump directed the Justice Department and the Department of Homeland Security to research and collect data on violent crimes committed by immigrants...


What is the Best Speech You've Ever Heard? • India Currents • Published on October 4, 2017 | Now & Then
Recently, a friend asked me what I considered the best Barack Obama speech and it took me an instant or two to respond decisively with "the race speech." It wasn't as though I recalled many of the details, but I did remember the timbre of Obama's voice as he talked...


Dreamer finds support, sanctuary in San Francisco • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on September 21, 2017
Now that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is in the hands of Congress, let's focus on what can be saved: the futures of the 790,000 Dreamers....


America's moral verdict on ending DACA • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on September 7, 2017
It's been more than five years since President Barack Obama created the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, which confers a work permit and provides temporary relief from deportation...


A Mother Loses Her Child: Fact and Fiction Coalesce • India Currents • Published on 3 September 2017
LUCKY BOY by Shanthi Sekaran. G.P. Putnam's Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House, New York. 472 pages. Hardcover. $27.00 With Lucky Boy, Shanthi Sekaran performs a literary cantata that is as dazzling as it is soul-searing....


Cuts to Medicaid will be felt most by children • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on August 24, 2017
Despite the failure of Republican efforts to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, the battle over health care is not quite over. If the majority in Congress are intent...


The RAISE Act, an immigration bill that drags us down • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on August 10, 2017
Immigration reform is on our lips, yet no coherent idea is taking hold of our tongues. So far, all of the bills proposed have an insurmountable flaw. This latest one »


Motherhood, Sequence and Success... • India Currents • Published on 6 August 2017
Have you heard of the success sequence? Even if you haven't, you might have unwittingly been adhering to the sequence. It's a social rationalization theory given new life...


Meet Laura Gomez, an undocumented immigrant who overcame the odds to become a tech leader • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on July 27, 2017
I met Laura Gomez on June 29 in the basement of the Laundry Cafe in the Mission District. I was at an immigrant pop-up experience...


Is America hand-picking the best refugees? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on July 13, 2017
From January to May this year, San Francisco County didn't see a single refugee arriving from war-torn countries to make a home among us. Neighboring San Mateo County had four ...


Memories of a Forbidden Love Story • India Currents • Published on 10 July 2017
My aunt passed away recently. She was 88 years old. She was born at a time when India was gestating her freedom from British occupation and Pakistan was...


LGBT refugee recounts escape from Uganda • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on June 28, 2017
‘My name is Anita Nambasa, and I'm from Uganda," she said, her voice strong and sure. "I was in detention for five months and two weeks." And so, this remarkable »


EB-5 visas: More skin in the game? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on June 15, 2017
The EB-5 program has been extended through Sept. 30, 2017, in the latest spending bill, with no changes. This is a foreign investment scheme that is tied to immigration, which »


Eating Spaghetti With Your Hands • India Currents • Published on 3 June 2017
When Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, visited America in September 2016, he made a point of remarking that he believes in "integration" and not "assimilation." "People shouldn't


San Francisco, what do we do about the Davis-Oliver Act? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on May 31, 2017
With the House Judiciary Committee's approval of House of Representatives Bill 2431 last week, a full-scale anti-immigration agenda has been launched. The bill cracks down on sanctuary cities, and strengthens...


Border patrol agents aren't all cruel and heartless • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on May 17, 2017
‘Look, I told [my mother], I spent four years in college studying the border. I'm tired of reading about it. I want to be on the ground, out in the ....


How the barbed wire fences of Japanese internment camps were snipped • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on May 3, 2017
In "Storied Lives," Gary Y. Okihiro's book on Japanese-American students and World War II, there is a fascinating story about Roy Nakata and his parents who, while incarcerated, were willing...


DARE TO SPEAK UP? • India Currents • Published on 2 May 2017
A REPORT ON HATE CRIMES AND HATE SPEECH NOW On March 19, 2017, Shivani Aggarwal decided to make a Costco run to pick up supplies for her son's birthday


What '60 Minutes' didn't say about H-1B visas • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on April 19, 2017
CBS's "60 Minutes" program recently did a segment on how IT jobs are disappearing to other countries and how H-1B workers are displacing American IT workers - some of whom...


The Forgotten Tale of Shikhandi • India Currents • Published on 15 April 2017
The stories that inhabit the Vedas and epics are "whispers of God" says Devdutt Pattanaik as he opens his book Jaya, a retelling of the Mahabharata. It's true.


What's quality got to do with it? On tech shortage, H-1Bs and Stephen Curry • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on April 5, 2017
"What you have to realize is that all talent isn't created equal. Top programmers and engineers are many times more productive than the average....


Is there really a tech worker shortage? • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on March 22, 2017
Here's what we know about H-1B visas: The tech industry postulates a shortage of qualified talent as the basis for the H-1B program....


H-1Bs-The Best and the Bright... • India Currents • Published on 14 March 2017
What is this notion of the best and brightest? For one, it is the most conflicted banality of the moment. The term is generously used by liberal politicians...


H-1B visa: A policy of constrainment • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on March 8, 2017
Many immigrants have a story behind their longing for America, and most stories are about escape or opportunity. San Francisco resident Rishi Misra's story is about awe and perhaps a »


H-1B visa: Gateway to outsource San Francisco jobs • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on February 22, 2017
In my last column, I wrote about the H-1B visa system and its many issues, one of which is the lottery scheme to approve petitions....


Keep jobs in America by increasing the H-1B quota • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on February 8, 2017
One of the most arresting stories I've read about H-1B woes is that of Nikhil Aitharaju on FWD.us. Aitharaju came to the United States in 2010 to pursue a master's....


Go Back to Your Country! • India Currents • Published on February 3, 2017
Lunchtime at the intersection of Third and Geary in downtown San Francisco is a concerto of movement. Cars, pedestrians, bicyclists, strollers, bags, carts, pets perform a score....


Silently marching in place • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on January 25, 2017
I experienced "Hidden Figures." I watched the movie at a theater where the audience cheered every time a color or gender barrier was exposed and torn asunder....


Five verbs to get us through 2017 • The San Francisco Examiner • Published on January 11, 2017
I'm not a big believer in resolutions. Mostly, they've been a January obsession to be forgotten by the time March rolls around. Instead of resolutions, here are five verbs....

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