HAF Presidential Candidate Questionnaire Response: Hillary Clinton Campaign

Washington, DC (October 26, 2016) — Recently the Hindu American Foundation sent out questionnaires to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton, Gary Johnson, Jill Stein, and Donald Trump. HAF has received the following statement from the Clinton campaign in reply.

"Hillary Clinton Statement for the Hindu American Foundation

America’s ties to the Asia-Pacific region have always been important, but will be even more vital in the 21st century. That's why I was so proud to work with New York’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community when I was a Senator—including founding and serving as co-chair of the Senate India Caucus—and why President Obama and I launched the “pivot to Asia” when I was Secretary of State, rebuilding ties with our allies. But that’s just the beginning. We have so much more to do together, and as President, I will stand with South Asian Americans and fight for you every single day.

I have said that introducing comprehensive immigration reform that keeps families together will be one of my top priorities for my first 100 days. When I was a Senator, I worked to reduce the backlog for family visas and reunite immigrant families—and I’ll keep up that fight as President. Applicants from the Asia-Pacific region make up about 40 percent of the family visa backlog. If you’re a U.S. citizen and your brother or sister lives in India, it will take at least 12 years just to get him or her a visa to move to America.

And I know that the first job of the President is to keep America safe. That includes surging our intelligence, so law enforcement has the tools they need to detect and prevent terrorist attacks before they happen, and working in partnership with our communities. It means disrupting online recruitment efforts, so ISIS and other terrorist groups stop radicalizing young people on the Internet. And it means continuing to deepen ties with South Asian countries to address shared challenges and opportunities.

I believe that being an open and tolerant society doesn’t make us vulnerable. It’s at the core of our strength as a nation. It’s a creed as old as our founding. E Pluribus Unum. Out of many, we are one. We are a nation founded on religious liberty—we will not ban anyone from coming to our country on the basis of religion. That's why if I have the honor of serving as President, I will be committed to building an Administration that reflects America's diversity, including continuing White House celebrations of the Hindu festival of Diwali—celebrating the triumph of light over darkness, good over evil—because we truly are stronger together."

HAF will publish responses from all campaigns as we receive them.