The South Asian Times

23 April 2019 22:25 PM

Asian-Americans playing key role in presidential election

By Ajay Jain Bhutoria

Hillary Clinton continues to hold a large national lead over Donald Trump, 50 percent to 42 percent, weeks after the Democratic National Convention. Her 8-point advantage has virtually remained unchanged since the end of July. 

Results from the latest tracking poll show  87 percent of black voters support  Clinton and  that only 8 percent of them will vote Trump, who is also behind among Hispanic voters with 22 percent compared to 73 percent who support Clinton.

I want to point out that Asian Americans also overwhelmingly support Clinton, 66 percent to 23 percent for Trump.

Several  recent surveys show that Asian-Americans are the nation’s fastest-growing racial group. More than nine million of them will be eligible to vote in November, up 16% from four years ago. In some key battleground states the impact of Asian Americans will  be significantly larger, including  in Virginia and Nevada. In Nevada, they  make up 9% of the electorate, 7% in New Jersey  and in California, almost 15%.

Donald Trump built his campaign on demonizing immigrants and their families. We heard him loud and clear the first time. (And the second time, third time, fourth time).  Trump said, “You’re going to have a deportation force, and you’re going to do it humanely. I will immediately terminate President Obama’s illegal executive order on immigration. Immediately."

Despite the so-called ‘softening’, Trump’s dangerous immigration stance is still the same.

Trump and his team may be trying to have it both ways, but we take him at his word throughout this campaign. He has demeaned immigrants and called for tearing apart families and deporting 16 million people. 

Helping hand for immigrants

Hillary Clinton’s policies and fact sheets are very supportive to help immigrants succeed, I believe. This election is about the values of America as a nation. Ask any elementary school students  and they’ll tell you the values spelled out in the Constitution or implied in American culture. Among them: justice, freedom, equality, democracy, compassion.  These are not values  only held by citizens whose families have been here for generations. They’re the same values embraced by immigrants and refugees as they assimilate into their new country.

For every racist bully, there are tens of thousands of decent, compassionate, creative, brave, open-hearted Samaritans in America providing a critical mass of kindness and understanding to the character of each and every day. These American values will be critical in this time of global unrest for our economic progress and national security. No other country has it woven into its fiber the way that we do. This is true America. Freedom, Equality, Justice and Liberty for all.

It may be that the best thing that could happen to American values would be an overwhelming defeat for Trump in November. It would send a clear message to the world that the country still does have faith in itself and its principles, and that Donald Trump isn’t what America is all about. 

That would be the optimistic view to take in a country that seems to have lost its optimism.

Furthermore, on immigration, I want to elucidate that Hillary Clinton has vowed to reduce the visa backlog and help unauthorized immigrants with deep community ties who “deserve the chance to stay.”

Applicants from the Asia-Pacific region make up about 40 percent of the family visa backlog. Some from India have been waiting for a visa for 12-14 years. If you’re a US citizen and your brother lives in India, it will take at least 12 -15 years to get a green card for him. Hillary has been strongly fighting for comprehensive immigration reform to fix all such issues.

Promoting small business

Next, we cannot ignore the importance of small businesses that are the engines for US economy. They create nearly two-thirds of new American jobs, fuel innovation, and offer crucial ladders to prosperity. But small businesses were hit hard by the recession of last decade, and there are still too many obstacles to success. New business formation has fallen 15% since 2007, and the gains we’ve seen have been isolated: between 2010 and 2014, just 20 counties represented half of the growth in new businesses for the entire country.

Small business is personal for Hillary. Her dad ran a small business that provided her with a middle class life. And during this campaign, she’s visited with small business owners across the country to better understand the barriers that are holding them back—and what smart public policy can do to break those barriers down. Hillary was scheduled to release a plan to make life easier for small business at every step of the way. She will make it easier to start a business and become profitable, get financing and find investors, file taxes in a cheaper and faster way and provide tax relief, offer health care and other benefits to employees, and make it easier to work with the federal government.

For Hillary, this is just the beginning of the conversation. Small businesses and entrepreneurs will have a seat at the table in her administration.

Hillary Clinton is ready on day one to be Commander-in-Chief -- Donald Trump is simply temperamentally unfit and unqualified for the job. The choice in this election is clear. We can either come together to tackle the big challenges facing the country or let Donald Trump keep tearing us apart with his divisive rhetoric and dangerous ideas.

Hillary Clinton believes that we are stronger together. America succeeds when we work together to solve our problems and when everyone shares in the rewards -- when we build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top. She believes that we’re stronger when we lift each other up so that everybody plays a role in creating America’s future.

Update: 04 Sep, 2016