Japan and India do not welcome immigrants according to President Joe Biden

The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden has called Japan and India “xenophobic” countries that do not welcome immigrants, lumping the two with adversaries China and Russia as he tried to explain their economic circumstances and contrasted the four with the U.S. on immigration.
Japan is a critical U.S. ally.
And India, one of the world’s fastest-growing economies, is a vital partner in the Indo-Pacific despite differences on human rights.
AP AUDIO: President Joe Biden calls Japan and India ‘xenophobic’ nations that do not welcome immigrants.
AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani reports President Biden has lumped two key partners in with two adversaries.
Because we welcome immigrants,” Biden said.
They don’t want immigrants.” The president added: “Immigrants are what makes us strong.
White House national security spokesman John Kirby said Biden was making a broader point about the U.S. posture on immigration.


WASHINGTON (AP) — In an attempt to clarify their economic situations and draw comparisons between the four nations with the U.S., President Joe Biden labeled China and Russia as “xenophobic” nations that do not welcome immigrants, which includes Japan and India. s. regarding immigration.

Three weeks had passed since the White House welcomed Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida for an opulent state visit, during which the two leaders celebrated what Biden referred to as a “unbreakable alliance,” particularly on matters of international security. Biden made the comments on Wednesday night at a campaign fundraising event.

Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi paid a state visit to the White House last summer.

Japan is an important U.S. s. ally. Furthermore, despite disagreements over human rights, India—one of the economies with the fastest rate of growth in the world—is an essential partner in the Indo-Pacific.

President Joe Biden refers to Japan and India as “xenophobic” countries that do not accept immigrants (AP Audio).

According to AP Washington correspondent Sagar Meghani, President Biden has combined two important allies with two opponents.

Speaking at a hotel fundraiser with a predominantly Asian American donor base, Biden stated that the impending U. s. the country’s economy was flourishing “because of you and many others,” and the election was about “freedom, America, and democracy.”. “.

“Why? Because immigrants are welcome here,” Biden remarked. Consider it, please. Because of their xenophobia, China, Japan, Russia, and India are all experiencing severe economic stagnation. They oppose immigrants. “.

The president went on, saying, “Immigrants are our strength.”. Not a jest. That isn’t hyperbole—a growing number of workers are applying to work here because they want to contribute. “.

Neither the Indian nor Japanese governments responded right away. Biden was stating a more general point regarding the U.S., according to White House national security spokesperson John Kirby. s. attitude regarding immigration.

When questioned about Biden’s “xenophobic” remarks on Thursday morning, Kirby responded, “Our allies and partners know well in tangible ways how President Biden values them, their friendship, their cooperation and the capabilities that they bring across the spectrum on a range of issues, not just security related.”. They are aware of how highly he regards the concept of partnerships and alliances. “.

In addition to being introduced by Sen., Biden made his remarks during the kickoff of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill. one of the two senators with Asian American ancestry. She is a co-chair for his reelection campaign on a national level.

As stated in February, Japan has been facing challenges due to its declining population. In 2023, fewer babies were born there than in the previous eight years. Japan has a reputation for having a more restrictive immigration policy, but in recent years, Kishida’s administration has changed its regulations to make it simpler for foreign workers to enter the nation. Kishida has called the low birth rate in his country “the biggest crisis Japan faces.”.

As for India, the UN reported that the country’s population was expected to reach 1 point 425 billion, making it the largest in the world. Also, the population is skewed younger. India passed a new citizenship law earlier this year that expedites the naturalization process for people who are refugees from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan who are Hindus, Parsis, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and Christians. However, Muslims—who make up the majority in all three countries—are left out. India has never before established religious requirements for citizenship.


This article was written by Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani and chief political reporter Steve Peoples.

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