By Abby Zimet / Common Dreams
What fresh hell is this? In yet another mindlessly cruel, deeply racist, utterly pointless move aimed at – what?! distracting the masses from the dumpster fire engulfing him? flexing his psychotic muscle by trying to find more people of color he can traumatize? – the Trump administration (sic) wants to deport certain Vietnamese refugees who may or may not have committed any crimes but they’re not quite white so really does it matter?
According to The Atlantic, Trump et al – many suspect Nazi ghoul Stephen Miller – have unilaterally reinterpreted a 2008 agreement between Vietnam and the Bush-era U.S. that barred the deportation of any Vietnamese arriving here before 1995, when both sides reestablished diplomatic relations.
Having once considered reversing the agreement, already deported a few people and then backing off, Trump now argues those Vietnamese are subject to immigration laws and eligible for deportation because what other havoc can he wreak?
We’re talking maybe 350,000 people, many of whom worked with/for – and often died with/for – U.S. troops as they razed the country, torched homes and ravaged families in the name of fighting Communism like we urged them to, after which they fled in terror to come here, allegedly to be safe.
We’re talking hard-working – and often Republican-voting – people who’ve lived and raised families here for decades; who, now in their 60s and 70s, like to grow lemongrass and coriander in plastic kiddie pools in their tiny, immaculate backyards; who remain so staunchly red-white-and-blue that, when our Vietnamese daughter decorated a donation box for her Vietnamese language teacher with the commie, red and yellow flag, he gently advised her Vietnamese parents picking up their kids would take offense.
They are now the enemy?!? Online, many are struggling to find new words for “evil,” “monster” and the kind of sick that daily invents a new hell for another group of vulnerable brown people. So are we.
My observation of the Viet Nam refuges coming to America is that the criminal merchant class of Viet Viet Nam and their families, the elite, who profited from the war, fled here and settled into there new prosperous life styles. They should have been sent back to Viet Nam upon arrival for their war crimes as they were complicit in support of a corrupt Viet nam government and were actually war profiteers. As for the “Boat people”of Viet Nam “Welcome”.Your hard work, honesty and want for assimilation in the U S is noted. The boat people were the real refugees. If Trump wants to deport criminal Vietnamese he should start with the business elite.
Viet Nam Vet
Liz G says
Richard, Do you have an article or some type of proof to back up your claim of ‘war crimes’ on the part of the ‘elite’ Viet Nam families? And what percentage of the 350,000 would that be? I think, no matter how you look at this, it’s a mean-spirited undertaking designed to do what??? As the article says, these are ppl who fought along side Americans and came here under government programs! It’s a little late to start sending them back, not to mention abuse of power to reinterpret a 2008 ruling to their own liking! something very wrong going on