NRI among undocumented students invited to meet US President

Rishi Singh from New York is one of six undocumented students invited to the White House to meet President Obama at his Oval Office. The President wishes to hear directly from the young students whose lives have been positively affected by the US immigration policies. The students received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is an immigration policy that was initiated by the Obama administration in 2013, that permits certain undocumented immigrants who entered the country before their 16th birthday and before June 2007 to receive a renewable 2-year work permit and exemption from deportation. DACA does not confer legal immigration status or provide a path to citizenship. According to a White House official, the meeting is scheduled to take place as Congressional Republicans are threatening to block funding for national priorities for the Department of Homeland Security because they disagree with the President's executive action to make the US immigration system smarter, fairer and more effective, rather than make it more difficult for undocumented immigrants many of whom have been living in the US for decades. The other five students are Steven Arteaga, Jean Yannick Diouf, Blanca Gamez, Maria Praeli, and Bati-amagalan Tsoftsaikhan.