There has been a wave of recent hate crimes against people of Indian origin urging them to “go back to their country”. A 32-year-old software engineer, Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed by a 51 year old white man, Adam Purinton, who also wounded 32-year-old Alok Madasani – both Indian nationals who worked as engineers for the GPS manufacturer, Garmin in Kansas City. In another incident near Seattle, Deep Rai, 39, told police he was approached outside his Kent home late Friday by a masked man who, after a brief argument, told Rai to “go back to your own country” and shot him in the arm. A third incident involved the shooting of Harnish Patel, 43, the owner of a convenience store in Lancaster County, South Carolina, He was found dead of gunshot wounds in the front yard of his home on March 5, 2017. These incidents sent shock waves throughout the country, the Indian American community, as well as in India.

Srinivas Kuchibhotla, right, with his wife, Sunayana Dumala, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in an undated photo. Mr. Kuchibhotla was shot dead outside a bar in Kansas on Wednesday. Credit Courtesy of Kranti Shalia, via Associated Press

While there may be more unreported racial incidents in the United States, what is causing this wave of crimes and hatred against Americans who are not white? Could it the belligerence and hatred as a result of the candidate Trump’s rhetoric, his crusade against racial discrimination and his administrations’ open admission of white supremacy? Here are some facts about his Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon.

Steve Bannon is not happy that the number of technology executives s are immigrants from Asia. Bannon’s remarks have been under scrutiny as he still is the executive chairman of Breitbart News, a site that regularly airs white nationalist viewpoints.  Trump was a guest on his Sirius XM “Breitbart News Daily” radio show when Bannon made the remarks on Nov. 5, 2015. Are American jobs really being taken away or they being created? In some regard, yes, but the vast majorities of such jobs are being created by the success of the Indian and South Asian immigrant community.

A good many of such highly educated and talented immigrants are from India where they teach Calculas in eighth grade and the level of science education in high school is one of the best in the world, right in line with Hong Kong and Singapore. The Indian Institute of Technology has an acceptance rate of 2%. While there is a high demand to enter the IITs in India, their curriculum has been outstanding when compared to institutions like MIT. Many of these graduates go on to Ivy league schools for higher education and then successfully move on through the ranks in technology as well as companies in other sectors. Below is a partial list of such executives:

  1. Prith Banerjee, Managing Director of Global Technology R&D at Accenture
  2. Ajay Banga, President and CEO of MasterCard
  3. Francis deSouza, CEO of Illumina
  4. Rono Dutta, former President of United Airlines; Chairman of Air Sahara
  5. Rajiv Gupta, General Manager of Hewlett Packard
  6. Ajit Jain, President of Berkshire Hathaway Reinsurance Group
  7. Anshu Jain, former co-CEO of Deutsche Bank
  8. Sanjay Jha, CEO of Global Foundries and former CEO of Motorola Mobile Devices
  9. Vyomesh Joshi, Executive Vice President of Imaging and Printing Group, Hewlett-Packard Company
  10. Thomas Kurian, President of Product Development at Oracle Corporation
  11. Victor Menezes, Chairman of Clearing House Association; former Chairman and CEO of Citibank
  12. Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft
  13. Ranji H. Nagaswami, Chief Investment Officer for AllianceBernstein Fund Investors
  14. Shantanu Narayen, CEO of Adobe Systems
  15. Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo
  16. Dinesh Paliwal, Chairman and CEO of Harman International
  17. Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
  18. Arati Prabhakar, Director of DARPA
  19. Arvind Raghunathan, Managing Director and Head of Global Arbitrage at Deutsche Bank
  20. Vivek Ranadive, CEO of TIBCO Software
  21. Abbas Sadriwala, Chairman and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale-based Wireless Logix Group
  22. Rajeev Suri, CEO of Nokia
  23. Abhi Talwalkar, President and CEO of LSI Corporation
  24. Padmasree Warrior, CTO of Cisco Systems

 

While it is a perception that Asians and South Asians in particular are taking away jobs from Americans, the reality is that these Asian born immigrants are more qualified and are creating jobs instead of taking them away. However, that said, there has been some abuse of H-1B visas, where lower paid foreign workers have taken away American jobs and that is something that Donald Trump wants to fix when he gets to Immigration reform. A new bill lobbying for reforms in the H-1B visa program was tabled, prompting reports that Trump is preparing to sign an executive order on the issue.

Silicon Valley’s biggest tech companies, many of which were founded or run by immigrants, depend on H-1Bs and say efforts to thwart immigration threaten innovation, recruitment and startup formation. Trump’s executive orders restricting travel from a handful of Muslim-majority nations has led to unprecedented opposition from the industry.

Mark Zukerberg, Founder and CEO of Facebook and many tech executives, Venture Capitalists in Silicon Valley have formed www.fwd.us which focuses on immigration reform. They feel that America’s broken system prevents far too many talented immigrants from fully contributing to our communities and our economy. FWD.us supports a comprehensive legislative fix to a broken immigration system. According to the Department of homeland security, the US approves over 300,000 H1-B visas of which roughly two thirds go to South Asians, mostly from India.