Vastavam web: Prime Minister Narendra Modi must raise the contentious H-1B visa issue besides defence cooperation and terrorism during his first bilateral meeting with US President Donald Trump, members of the Indian community said here today. Modi, who arrived in the US capital today, was welcomed with loud cheers and applause by a group of people from the Indian community that was waiting outside the Willard InterContinental Hotel to catch a glimpse of the Indian leader.She and her friends, visibly excited to see Modi, said they hoped the Indian Prime Minister would raise with Trump concerns over the H1B visas, widely uses by Indian technology companies to send IT professionals to the US.
Modi “is a very powerful leader and I am sure something very positive on the H1B visa is going to come out of his meeting with Trump,” she said. Avinash Bilugu, another H1B visa holder working in Albany, echoed the concerns over the work visas.”This is a major issue for us. I hope Modi brings it up in his meeting with Trump. Defence and security are other important issues that the two leaders should discuss, he said.On H1B visas, he said, the IT industry in the US will be incomplete without the contribution and hard work of the Indian workers.”India and the US share historic ties and the meeting between Modi and Trump will lay the groundwork for further strengthening bilateral relations in the years and decades to come,” he said.
Ahead of his visit, Modi had said that he looked forward to the opportunity of having an in-depth exchange of views.The Trump administration has said that if the Indian side raises the contentious H-1B visa issue during President Trump’s meeting with Modi, the Americans were ready to respond.Trump said his administration is going to enforce ‘Hire American’ rules that are designed to protect jobs and wages of workers in the US.