By Tenzin Monlam
DHARAMSHALA, June 28: During a reception to celebrate the 82nd birthday of the Dalai Lama, the US lawmakers Representative Jim Sensenbrenner and Representative Zoe Lofgren said that they are going to introduce Tibetan Refugee Act in the House tomorrow.
The reception organized by the Office of Tibet in association with International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) was attended by friends of the Dalai Lama Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressmen Jim McGovern, Congresswoman Ros Lehtinen and Richard Gere with over a dozen other members of Congress from both the parties and 300 invited guests.
Nancy Pelosi during a reception to celebrated the 82nd Birthday of the Dalai Lama at the US Capitol Building in Washington DC. 28 June 2017. Photo - Office of Tibet. Washington DC.
Congressman Sensenbrenner, who was part of the US bipartisan Congressional delegation to Dharamshala earlier this year, said, “Tomorrow, Representative Zoe Lofgren and I are going to introduce the Tibetan Refugee Act. Given the fact that Tibetans who flee China can’t go directly to India and they end up in Nepal first. If they are lucky, they get exit visas to visit Dharamshala to meet the Dalai Lama.”
He added that the bill has been around for a while and he has been pressuring a ‘reluctant staff’ of House immigration sub-committee to start moving this bill. He is optimist that if passed, it would go through the Senate and then signed by President Trump.
“It is a matter of justice for everybody,” said Congressman Jim, the outgoing Chairman of immigration subcommittee, while assuring his presence as member in the committee to push the bill.
The US Lawmakers also assured the appointment of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, mandated by the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, as soon as possible and they also urged the Congress to ‘walk the walk’ as everyone has ‘talk the talk’ on Tibet issues.
Congressman Jim McGovern said, “Today, we have here a political diversity, from Democrats to Republicans and from Liberals to conservatives because we revere and love the Dalai Lama and his message of love and peace.”
While wishing the Dalai Lama a happy birthday, the Congressman said that he wished the Tibetan spiritual leader and his thousands of followers in exile to go ‘home’ (Tibet) and live the life they want while freely practicing their religion and celebrate their traditions and culture'.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi questioning why China fears goodness so much said that whenever she meets Chinese leaders, she urges them to embrace ‘the humanitarian’.
The Tibetan spiritual leader, after concluding his two-week US tour, reached Ladakh today, where he will engage in teachings for over a month.