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Stop Vietnamese Deportations NOW!

The US government will NOW begin deporting Vietnamese immigrants, under the recent Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the US and Vietnam on January 22. The US government has ignored efforts from Vietnamese community and lawmakers in the California Bay Area to delay the petition and attempts to inquire more from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the nature of the deportations.
Stop Vietnamese Deportations NOW! SIGN PETITION TO DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY March 22, 2008 The US government will NOW begin deporting Vietnamese immigrants, under the recent Memorandum of Understanding, signed between the US and Vietnam on January 22. The US government has ignored efforts from Vietnamese community and lawmakers in the California Bay Area to delay the petition and attempts to inquire more from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) about the nature of the deportations. Sign this ONLINE PETITION to voice and DEMAND the halt of the deportations: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-vietnamese-deportations Take action and help organize the Vietnamese community (calling out specially to those of Vietnamese heritage): nguyhiemster@gmail.com What is deportation agreement about? Approximately 1500 people, who entered the country after July 12, 1995 and who have final orders of deportation issued some time after they arrived in the US, will now face detention in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Detention centers and deportation. Why protest this agreement? 1) This agreement unjustly punishes immigrants 2 or 3 times over for one conviction. Many have already served their time in immigration detention or criminal incarceration, however they now face a second period of detention in ICE detention centers and deportations. 2) This agreement violates their human rights and tears apart families and community left behind. 3) This agreement increases US power over Vietnam and continues the US's lack of accountability in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Aren't they just deporting "illegal criminals" anyway? Not necessarily. Those under this agreement have been at some time in their stay in the US been convicted of deportable crimes (also known as "aggravated felonies"), leading to their current legal status in the US "under orders of supervision." If a US-citizen commits one of these same crimes, they would never get deported, an injustice to those who may not have legal status for many reasons. These "aggravated felonies" subject only to undocumented immigrants also include some minor violations and misdemeanors. In addition, since the creation of these conditions for deportation under the Clinton administration in 1996, immigrants have been routinely denied a fair day in court when considering their immigration cases. Others Vietnamese immigrants specifically may have also been refugees at sea for many years, and the entered the US after 1997, when the US stopped accepting refugees. Petition addressed to Department of Homeland Security: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/stop-vietnamese-deportations Seattle community organizing info: nguyhiemster@gmail.com ***** PLEASE POST WIDELY ***** Other related info: Frequently Asked Questions about the Repatriation Agreement (English): http://www.searac.org/faq-vietus1-30-08.pdf, (Tieng Viet): http://www.searac.org/faq-vietus2-20-08-viet.pdf US-Vietnam international relations and one man's story: "Sending Boat People Back to Vietnam" http://news.newamericamedia.org/news/view_article.html?article_id=566151faf60e3be20a3968d86e648de4 Free legal consultation: Northwest Immigrants Rights Project: http://www.nwirp.org ***** PLEASE POST WIDELY ********** PLEASE POST WIDELY ********** PLEASE POST WIDELY ********** PLEASE POST WIDELY ********** PLEASE POST WIDELY *****

Stop the Deportations 15.Apr.2008 10:52

SPN

This should only apply to those who entered the US illegally. For those of whom came here legally should not be deported. Please stop this stupid MOU.