Joe Biden elected 46th President of the United States


He won more than the required 270 Electoral College votes; Kamala Harris will be the first woman and the first minority Vice-President


  • Democratic candidate Joseph Robinette Biden Jr., was elected the 46th President of the United States on Nov 7th, beating incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump, by securing more than the required 270 of the 538 Electoral College votes needed to win the White House.
  • Mr. Biden’s running mate, Kamala Devi Harris, a U.S. Senator from California, will become the first woman and the first Indian and African American Vice-President of the country.
  • Ms. Harris was born to Shyamala Gopalan, a biologist who immigrated to California from Chennai.
  • The Democratic candidate was ahead by over 34,000 votes in Pennsylvania - too large a gap for Mr. Trump to bridge, based on the fact that the majority of mail-in ballots tend to be Democratic and based on the number of ballots Republican and Democratic counties had left to count.
  • Ms. Harris was born to Shyamala Gopalan, a biologist who immigrated to California from Chennai.
  • Pledging to be the President of all Americans, President-elect Joe Biden has sought an immediate end to the “grim era of demonization” in the deeply-polarised nation, as he and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris celebrated their historic triumph over Republican President Donald Trump in a bitter and closely-fought election.


Immigration reform likely

  • Joe Biden is likely to work towards providing a road map to American citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants, including over 5,00,000 from India.
  • Will also establish a minimum admission number of 95,000 refugees annually.
  • He also plans to increase the number of high-skilled visas, including the H-1B, and eliminate the limit on employment-based visas by country.
  • Mr. Biden is expected to reverse the move of the outgoing Trump administration to revoke work permits to the spouses of H-1B visas, which had adversely impacted a large number of Indian families in the U.S.
  • As a largely immigrant community, but in some cases with American roots reaching back generations, Indian-Americans know first-hand the strength and resilience that immigrants bring to the U.S., said a policy document issued by the Biden campaign.
  • The Biden administration will support family-based immigration and preserve family unification as a core principle of the U.S. immigration system, which includes reducing the family visa backlog and also restore and defend the naturalisation process for green card holders, the document added.
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