Orange County Congressmen Condemn Trump Administration Attack On Vietnamese War Refugees

December 13, 2018
Press Release

Congressman Alan Lowenthal today joined with Congressman Lou Correa and Congressman-elect Harley Rouda in issuing the following statement regarding a Department of Homeland Security effort to renegotiate a 2008 agreement with Vietnam. The Administration's effort would result in Vietnam War-era immigrants from Vietnam being subject to deportation back to Vietnam:

"We are deeply troubled by the Trump Administration's announced plan to jeopardize the safety and security of Vietnamese war refugees in the United States. The Administration's actions will create unnecessary confusion and distress for thousands of refugees who fled their war-torn homes and an authoritarian regime following the Vietnam war.

"The United States welcomed these families with open arms and offered them a second chance and the promise of peace. The Administration's actions abandon these promises and threaten to tear families apart.

"We strongly oppose this Administrations attempt to strip protections from refugee communities and urge the President to honor the humanitarian spirit and intention embodied in the original agreement. To do otherwise would send thousands of Vietnamese refugees back to a country they fled, placing them and their families in grave danger of reprisal."