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Trump plans to betray allies who fled Laos during Vietnam War

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The Trump administration is moving to betray thousands of Hmong immigrants who came to the United States after the Vietnam War.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met late last month with Lao foreign minister Saleumxay Kommasith, and a letter dated Feb. 3 revealed the administration was negotiating to allow for the deportation of Laos-born immigrants back to their birth country, reported Wisconsin Public Radio.

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Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), who represents a number of Hmong families, called the policy “a direct attack” on her constituents and described the plan — which would affect more than 4,500 people — as “unconscionable.”

The administration would deport U.S. residents back to Laos if they are not citizens and have committed crimes or already have deportation orders against them, but they had long been safe from deportation because of a history of human rights violations against the Hmong by the Communist government in Laos.

Many Hmong sided with the U.S. during the Vietnam War and later fled their home country to avoid persecution.

“My dad was part of the (Hmong) military in Laos that resisted the Communist Party,” said Zang Vang, of the Wisconsin Hmong Association in Madison. “The reason we left the country is we’re considered the enemy.”

Another Hmong activist said U.S. residents deported back to Laos would suffer grave consequences.

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“If the plans of the U.S. government is to send (Hmong residents) back, basically they’ll be persecuted, imprisoned or killed,” said Long Vue, executive director of Wisconsin United Coalition of Mutual Assistance Association Inc.

There are about 49,000 Hmong in Wisconsin and about 300,000 nationwide, according to U.S. Census data, and the majority of them are U.S. citizens.

Many of the others are Green Card holders who are legal residents but not U.S. citizens, who came to the U.S. as young children during refugee resettlement more than 20 years ago, and they speak English and have few connections to their birth country.

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The move could carry electoral consequences for President Donald Trump, who likely needs Wisconsin’s electoral votes again to gain re-election.

“The Hmong community will come out and vote in this election if that does go through, and they will remember it,” said Yee Leng Xiong, director of the Hmong American Center in Wausau.

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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