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Two GOP Lawmakers Take Issue with Trump’s Vietnamese Immigrant Proposal

If Convicted of a Serious Crime they Could be Deported

By Sean Brown, December 15, 2018 10:56 am

In an act taken by congress in 2008, the United States Government agreed to allow Vietnamese immigrants to stay in the country without fear of being deported if they could prove they arrived before July 12, of 1995. However now, the Trump administration is under heavy fire from lawmakers in California who are upset and insulted over his wishes to reinterpret the agreement and potentially kick people out of the country if they have been convicted of serious crimes.

In a letter sent to the President this week, Assemblyman Tyler Diep and Andrew Do, two Orange County GOP lawmakers insist that any policy of that sort “will have a severe and irreversible human impact.”

Do, the Chairman of the Orange County Board of Supervisors, likened the Vietnamese immigrants – who have been over 20 years, to immigrants that were fleeing political violence and seeking asylum. Under those claims, Do pointed out how they are legally allowed to stay regardless if they have committed a crime.

“As Vietnamese political refugees who have become a county supervisor and a California state assemblyman, we are examples of how immigrants give back to this great country we call home,” Diep and Do said in the letter before adding , “we ask that you reconsider your policy regarding the repatriation of former Vietnamese refugees.”

The potential move by Trump could have a major backlash from immigrants and significantly Republican immigrants who reside in an already diminished GOP county where Democrats took back 5 seats that were previously considered to be Republican strongholds.

Diep and Do join nearly 30 other Golden State Democrats who are also denouncing Trump’s proposal.

Sean Brown

Before becoming a writer for the California Globe, Sean served as a Legislative Director in the New York City Council and is an NYU alumnus.
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