Veterans For Peace Statement on Trump Plan to Deport Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian War Refugees

December 18, 2018

President Donald Trump's administration has announced a plan to deport Vietnamese, Laotian and Cambodian war refugees who came to the United States after our disastrous war in their nations over four decades ago. Veterans For Peace denounces this plan as a dishonorable betrayal of former allies in war and a racially-motivated attack on minority communities. 

In the 1950's, '60's, and '70's, the United States violated internationally-agreed upon peace treaties, international law, and moral conduct by intervening to prevent an internationally-supervised free election to form a government in Viet Nam after the French colonialists left. The United States illegally divided Viet Nam in half, declared the southern half a new country called "South Vietnam," and formed, financed, and armed a government there. Some Vietnamese in the south, believing in the US, supported that government. They joined the fight against Vietnamese who resisted the American intervention, thus creating what we refer to as the "Vietnam War" (Viet Nam today calls it the "American War"). Due to massive popular resistance both in Viet Nam and in America, the U.S. and U.S.-formed government in the south lost the war, and thousands of Vietnamese who had supported the American side in the war fled to the U.S. The American war in Viet Nam spilled over to neighboring countries, including Laos and Cambodia, resulting in similar waves of refugees fleeing after the American war. America welcomed them, and they settled here. These communities have worked hard, established themselves, proven their loyalty to America, and demonstrated a high level of achievement and a low crime rate. They are some of our most productive residents and deserve our nation's support and loyalty in return.

The Trump administration claims they are deporting criminals, but administration behavior with Latino and other groups show they are deporting everyone. And all people, even criminals, have rights that law, social order, and morals require to be respected.

Veterans For Peace stands firmly in support of the Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Laotian communities, and are directly opposed to the Trump administration's plan to deport them. We will work with these communities and other allies to support them against this deportation plan, and offer aid as we can.