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Fear, anxiety in Minnesota over plans to deport some Hmong residents


February 19, 2020

Allen J. Schaben - Los Angeles Times

An unidentified Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation officer reviews forms.

The Trump administration's plans to deport thousands of Laotian and Hmong refugees - many who have lived here for decades - has prompted a flood of anxiety and confusion among Minnesota's Southeast Asian community.

Most of the state's 80,000 Hmong residents are not affected by the proposal, which applies to 4,716 noncitizens nationwide who have deportation orders largely based on older criminal convictions. But efforts to ramp up deportation have prompted alarm about families being broken up and how Laos might treat Hmong newcomers, particularly in light of the Hmong population's role as allies to the CIA in the "Secret War" fighting communist forces in Laos during the Vietnam War.


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