Dr. Pan Calls for Trump Administration to Honor Protections that Allow Vietnam War Refugees to Stay in the U.S.

December 14, 2018

Sacramento— Dr. Richard Pan, a pediatrician and Senator representing the Sacramento area, made the following statement strongly opposing changing the terms of an agreement that has governed the deportation of individuals to Vietnam since 2008 and would potentially deport individuals before July 12, 1995:

“I am deeply troubled by the Trump administration’s attempt to renegotiate the 2008 agreement between Vietnam and the United States, which could make over 8,500 Vietnamese-Americans who have lived here peacefully for decades, vulnerable to deportation. Changing the terms of the agreement will hurt children and families and would do nothing to make our country safer. Our government felt a responsibility to take in these refugees after they fled war and persecution following the Vietnam War. Turning our back on them now, after they have spent decades building their lives in the United States, is wrong and unjust.”