AAIRE honors Dalip Singh Saund, the first Indian American congressman

In 1949, Saund became a US citizen after his efforts made the US Congress pass a bill to allow Indian immigrants pursue naturalization

AAIRE honors Dalip Singh Saund, the first Indian American congressman
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As part of the Asian American Pacific Islander heritage month celebrations, the Asian American Institute for Research and Engagement (AAIRE) honored the legacy of Dalip Singh Saund, who became the 1st Asian, Indian American, and Sikh to be elected to the United States Congress in 1957.

Saund, a Punjabi Sikh, immigrated to the States to pursue higher studies at UC Berkeley. However, he faced severe cases of discrimination which pushed him to speak up for his rights along with other Indian immigrants.