Kumail Nanjiani, Lupta Nyong’o raise immigrants issue at the Oscar

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-The guardian


Web Desk: Karachi-born Pakistani-American comedian Kumail Nanjiani and Black Panther star Nyong’o spoke out for immigrants issue in the United States.

On Sunday, at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony in Hollywood, the American comedian quoted, “Pakistan and Iowa, two places that nobody from Hollywood can find on the map,”

The Kenya actress said, “We are the two actors you keep hearing about but whose names you have trouble pronouncing. We are also immigrants. I’m from Kenya,”

Meanwhile, Nanjiani added, “And I am from Pakistan and Iowa, two places that nobody in Hollywood can find on a map.”

Next morning,  Nanjiani and Lupita Nyong’s were featured in the US newspaper, for vocalizing the issue of immigrants and supporting for undocumented migrants who arrived in the USA as children.

Last year, US president Donald Trump announced he would end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program, which protects those who came to the country as children. The deadline for lawmakers to find a solution that avoids deporting thousands of people who have been living in the USA since they were children passes on 5 March.

Kumail Nanjiani is the first Pakistani-American who raised this issue at the Oscar show and perhaps he is also the first South Asian to get nomination for a mainstream American film, The Big Sick.