The Seattle City Council, among the most powerful city councils in the United States, on Monday has passed a motion against India’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) and the National Register of Citizens (NRC).
The resolution was passed to express solidarity with the city’s South Asian community, regardless of religion and caste.
The Seattle City Council said it opposes the National Register of Citizens and the Citizenship Amendment Act in India and finds the legislation to be discriminatory to Muslims, oppressed castes, women and indigenous people.
The council asked New Delhi to uphold the Indian Constitution by repealing the CAA and take steps to help refugees under UN resolutions.
“Seattle City’s decision to condemn CAA should be a message to all who wish to undermine pluralism and religious freedom. They cannot peddle in hate and bigotry, and expect to have international acceptability at the same time,” said Ahsan Khan, president of Indian American Muslim Council.