India-born former top federal prosecutor Preet Bharara has termed the growing incidents of hate crimes against Indian-Americans as "disturbing" and said the US` long tradition of embracing immigrants from all over the world as its own is what makes "America great". The US built a system of laws...that enshrines the right to equal opportunity and embodies the sacred American ideal that every child, even poor, orphaned or immigrant can rise higher than that child`s parents could ever have imagined. In that vein, some recent events have been especially painful and disturbing and deserve some focus. Bharara, 48, made his first public appearance since being unceremoniously removed by US President Donald Trump recently as US Attorney for the Southern District of New York. He spoke about the shooting in Kansas of the 32-year-old Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla. The people in the country of his birth now fear in large numbers coming to America - that country that embraced him and has given us so much. Given the recent rhetoric over immigration, Bharara said there are distinctions being drawn between the future flow of legal and illegal immigration. But one needs to pay careful attention and watch and listen to what is really being said and what is not being said.