Washington, DC (June 19, 2018) — The recent actions by the Trump Administration separating children from parents at the border, placing them in detention facilities, often strikingly inadequately prepared for their needs, are unconscionable.
As immigrants or children of immigrants, as parents, as Hindus, we can find no legal, moral, or ethical justification for such actions.
HAF Executive Director Suhag Shukla, Esq. offered the following insight:
“Hindus place great importance on the family. Whether attempting to enter the United States to seek asylum, fleeing violence in their home country, or seeking better economic opportunities, separating children from their parents is abhorrent. Treating young, vulnerable children in such a degraded way is beyond not only Hindu values, but American values.”
“When the family is ruined, the timeless laws of family duty perish; and when duty is lost, chaos ensues.” — Bhagavad Gita
The Hindu American Foundation unequivocally calls for the immediate end of the practice of separating children from their parents at the border and the treating of asylum seekers as criminals. It further urges that diligent efforts be undertaken to reunite all families affected by these cruel and inhumane policies.
Washington, DC (April 19, 2018) — With hate crimes motivated by religious bias on the rise, according to the latest FBI statistics, it’s vital that Congress pass legislation making threats against religious institutions a Federal crime and imposing criminal penalties for causing damage or destruction to religious property.
As such, the Hindu American Foundation strongly urges the Senate to pass S. 994, the Protecting Religiously-Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017.
This legislation amends the existing Church Arson Prevention Act to cover bomb threats and other credible threats of violence to community religious institutions and community centers.
The House version of this legislation, HR 1730, was passed last December with overwhelming bipartisan support.
Expressing support for this legislation, HAF leaders say: “Religious communities are feeling increasingly insecure, given the recent uptick in hate motivated incidents and threats, including the recent spate of bomb threats and vandalism against Jewish community institutions and cemeteries, the burning of a mosque in Texas, the vandalism against two Hindu temples in Washington, and the hate crime shooting of Hindu immigrants, Srinivas Kuchibotla and Alok Madasani in Kansas.”
HAF has sent a letter urging passage of S. 994 to Sen. Charles Grassley, Chairman, Committee on the Judiciary, and to Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Ranking Member, Committee of the Judiciary. Read the full letter here.
The bill is currently pending before the Senate Judiciary Committee.