Originally Published in CNN
Catherine E. Shoichet - August 22, 2020
It was 1958, seven years before a new law would transform the US immigration system and fundamentally change the face of the nation.
By 2018, there were nearly 2.7 million Indian immigrants living in the US. And now, Gopalan's daughter, Sen. Kamala Harris, is the first Indian American on a major party's presidential ticket
Harris is the daughter of immigrants -- her mother from India and her father from Jamaica. Hervice presidential nomination marks a milestone and highlights a major demographic shift in the US in recent decades, as more immigrants began arriving from non-European countries.
"It's hugely significant. ... It is, first of all, really affirming and rooting into our consciousness that these demographic shifts are very much a part of our country and they are here to stay," says Virginia state Sen. Ghazala Hashmi, who was born in India.
"Her background, her experience, her leadership is an indication of the ways in which so many immigrant communities really just are woven throughout the fabric of this country."