Biden Diwali

File photo of Vice President Joe Biden at a Diwali reception held Nov. 13, 2012 at the White House. (White House photo)

WASHINGTON — Describing the contribution of the Indian American community as breathtaking, outgoing Vice President Joe Biden has warned that any effort to stop the flow of immigrants to the U.S. would end the incredible American experience.

"The amazing contribution of the Indian American community is breathtaking,” Biden said at a Diwali reception held at his residence.

"The day we shut things down, the day we cut these out, the day we decide to go back ... that is happening now, that's getting to the end of this great incredible experiment," he said.

Organized in association with Indiaspora, the reception was attended by some top Indian American leaders and several current and past members of his administration from this community.

"You are incredible group of Americans," he said welcoming the guests as he commended Diwali as a celebration that opens its arms to people of all faiths.

In his remarks, Biden congratulated three new Indian Americans elected to the House of Representatives on Nov. 8 — Pramila Jayapal, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna.

Gold Star father Khizr Khan and his wife Ghazala Khan were special invitees for the event.

Biden identified globalization as among one of the key reasons for the Democratic Party’s election defeat.

"I do not care what your political affiliation is, we have to not give up. One election will not change America," he added.

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