The Republican Hindu Coalition (RHC), a vocal supporter of Donald Trump during his election campaign, announced its backing for the Presidents executive order on immigration.
The order, issued last week, bans nationals of seven Muslim countries - Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen - from entering the United States. It also barred Syrian refugees from entering the country.
We applaud the Trump administration for taking this decisive move to protect our citizens from Islamic terror...A firm stance against terror is one of the pillars of our organization and one of the central tenets of the Trump campaign, and we fully support our Commander-in-Chief taking the necessary steps to protect our country.Shalabh Kumar, Republican Hindu Coalition
The release said a board meeting of the RHC called on the administration to take "further steps" such as inclusion of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia "in the countries named in the Executive Order", "thorough investigation of green card holders from the banned countries in the 90-day ban" and "indefinite suspension of all refugees from entering the United States."
Kumar, who founded the RHC two years ago, said "While Americans do not discriminate, and this is a country that encourages legal immigration and celebrates the contributions that immigrants have made to our culture, it is about time we get serious about combating the dangers of terrorism on our shores", American Bazaar online reported on Monday.
Similar Action Needed in India: Yogi Adityanath
Closer to home, firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath on Monday also applauded US President Donald Trump's controversial immigration order.
Addressing an election rally here, he said, "Similar action is needed to contain terror activities in this country."
Trump has ordered "extreme vetting" of people entering the US from seven Muslim-majority countries and banned the entry of Syrian refugees until further notice, as part of new measures to "keep radical Islamic terrorists" out of America.
(With PTI, IANS inputs)