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Fears stir in Vietnamese community that US seeks more refugee deportations




A statue depicting an American and South Vietnamese soldier is surrounded by American and old-style Vietnamese flags at the Vietnam War Memorial on April 28, 2005 near the Little Saigon section in Westminster, California.
A statue depicting an American and South Vietnamese soldier is surrounded by American and old-style Vietnamese flags at the Vietnam War Memorial on April 28, 2005 near the Little Saigon section in Westminster, California.
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Advocates for the Vietnamese American community say they fear the Trump administration may be negotiating with Vietnam to take back thousands of refugees who came to the U.S. decades ago.

They say many arrived as children or teens but later ran afoul of the law, making them deportable. U.S. officials have been pushing to deport those who have been convicted of crimes and have a final removal order.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the agency does not comment on ongoing diplomatic negotiations.

Guests:

Krishnadev Calamur, foreign policy reporter at The Atlantic; he co-wrote the story on the Vietnamese deportation efforts; he tweets @kcalamur

Anh Do, reporter at the Los Angeles Times who covers Asian American issues and Orange County news

Phi Nguyen, litigation director for Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Atlanta, a legal advocacy organization

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which supports tighter controls on immigration; he tweets @MarkSKrikorian