FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OCA Calls for Administration to Preserve MOU with Vietnam
13 December 2018
Contact: Thu Nguyen | Senior Communications Associate
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Washington, DC – OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates condemns the Trump Administration’s reinterpretation of a 2008 agreement signed by the Bush Administration that bars the deportation of Vietnamese people who arrived in the United States before July 12, 1995.
The Trump Administration had first reinterpreted this agreement in 2017 and began deporting Vietnamese immigrants, then pulled back from this effort in August of 2018. Despite being recognized by all, the Administration is back on track with its intent to deport Vietnamese refugees as they enter talks with the Embassy of Vietnam. If the memorandum is modified, thousands of Vietnamese Americans will be immediately subject to deportation. Some of which are children of those who fought with American and South Vietnamese forces during the war, seen as the opposition to the current regime in Hanoi.
“It is deplorable and inhumane to force refugees of war to return toa country they originally fled from, creating a displaced, stateless population,” said Vicki Shu, OCA Vice President of Public Affairs. “The United States has a moral imperative to honor these asylum seekers who sought freedom and a chance to build a productive, new and better life here. This is an egregious policy that mirrors the disturbing trend of anti-immigrant proposals. OCA calls on the Administration to reconsider their interpretation of the agreement with humanity and stop the deportation of war refugees that include Vietnamese, Cambodian, Laotian, and other Southeast Asian communities.”
OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates is a national organization of community advocates dedicated to the social, political, and economic well-being of Asian Pacific American Islanders (AAPI’s.)