The Indian government has been busy filling the gaps left by the US government’s decision to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA), which shielded young immigrants from deportation if they had not completed high school.
The new government is also looking to boost the country’s export opportunities, with several companies eyeing US markets to expand their reach.
India has also become the biggest investor in US energy information system (USIS) since the Trump administration announced it would end the program, according to data from the US Government Accountability Office (GAO).
The Indian IT industry, which makes up 15% of USIS, has been a mainstay of the American IT industry.
In a letter to the US President Donald Trump on Wednesday, the Indian IT sector’s chief executive, Vikram Gopinath, said that the industry’s investments in USIS would support US companies in developing their local manufacturing and supply chain.
“As we have already made public, Indian IT firms have invested over $50 billion in US ISs and we are looking forward to continue our strong investment in this important USIS infrastructure, said Gopinsh in the letter.USIS was set up under the Obama administration to provide work permits for young people who had come to the United States illegally and lacked the ability to legally work.
But, it did not provide protection from deportation, and young immigrants who came to the country illegally and had completed high-school could not get work permits.US officials said in January that they would phase out DACA, but not extend it beyond Jan. 1, 2020.
US officials say they want to help the country recover from the impacts of the Superstorm Sandy, which devastated the East Coast and New York City in October.