In the Hindu January 13, 2016
South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley has called for fixing America’s broken immigration system.
(Note: Nkki Halley and Bobby Jindal are living proof that Indian Americans are a hardworking community. It is in this context that Nikki opposes blanket banning of all Muslims to enter US. It would be like weeding out the wheat also together with the wheat as cautioned in the Bible. In spite of her being a Republican party member she did not think proper to say “my party right or wrong” and support Trump for his extreme views. That won her applause and rightly. Let die hard “party politicians” in India take a cue from Nikki. James kottoor, editor)
During her response to President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address, the South Carolina Governor recounted her own Indian-American heritage to call for fixing the country’s broken immigration system.
Indian-American Republican Governor Nikki Haley on Wednesday faced flak from the supporters of her party’s presidential candidate Donald Trump, as she cited her family’s immigrant experience to warn against rhetoric that could make hardworking people feel unwelcome in the US.
During her response to President Barack Obama’s last State of the Union address, Ms. Haley recounted her own Indian-American heritage to call for fixing the country’s broken immigration system. “During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation,” the South Carolina Governor said.
“No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country,” she said.“We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries,” Ms. Haley said.
Mr. Trump said after the Paris terror attacks he would consider creating a national database of American Muslims and later called for a temporary halt to Muslims entering the United States. Ms. Haley’s remarks apparently made Mr. Trump’s supporters upset, which was best reflected in the series of tweets made by Ann Coulter, a strong supporter of the Republican candidate.“Trump should deport Nikki Haley,” tweeted Ms. Coulter.
“Nikki Haley says ‘welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of religion.’ Translation: let in all the Muslims,” she tweeted.“The country is lit up w/a populist fever & the GOP (Republican) responds by digging in, criticising the GOP candidates dominating polls?! NOT SMART,” radio talk show host Laura Ingraham tweeted.