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Chair Cardin Statement on India’s Implementation of Citizenship Amendment Act

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued a statement on the government of India’s announced rules for implementing its Citizenship Amendment Act.

“I am deeply concerned by the Indian government’s decision to begin implementing its controversial 2019 Citizenship Amendment Act, particularly the law’s potential ramifications on India’s Muslim community. Making matters worse is the fact that it is being pushed during the holy month of Ramadan. As the U.S.-India relationship deepens, it is critically important that our cooperation is based on our shared values of protecting the human rights of all persons, regardless of religion.”