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Vietnam War Refugees and Deportation

The Atlantic is reporting that the Trump administration wants refugees from the Vietnam War to be subject to immigration laws that would allow the federal government to deport them. I would be shocked if the Trump administration would actually opt to deport Vietnamese refugees who have been here for more than a quarter century. But The Atlantic write up is disturbing, given that many of these refugees came here because they were allied with U.S. or allied forces. From the article:

When it first decided to reinterpret the 2008 deal, Donald Trump’s administration argued that only pre-1995 arrivals with criminal convictions were exempt from the agreement’s protection and eligible for deportation. Vietnam initially conceded and accepted some of those immigrants before stiffening its resistance; about a dozen Vietnamese immigrants ended up being deported from the United States. The August decision to change course, reported to a California court in October, appeared to put such moves at least temporarily on ice, but the latest shift now leaves the fate of a larger number of Vietnamese immigrants in doubt. Now no pre-1995 arrivals are exempt from the 2008 agreement’s protection.

I would love to read a clarification or a plausible defense of this from Mark Krikorian or Reihan Salam. I feel like I must be missing something.

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