Vietnamese Immigrants with Removal Orders at Risk of Deportation


(ESPAÑOL) A number of Vietnamese immigrants are at risk for removal, warn nonprofits across the nation. Shortly following the warning for Cambodian immigrants, Vietnamese immigrants with final orders of removal from immigration authorities may be at risk of arrest, detention, and deportation.
The announcement came after groups said they discovered through a court filing that the U.S. had presented 95 cases to Vietnam for processing for removal in September.
Advocates said that at least three of the cases are not subject to removal under a 2008 repatriation agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam, which excludes Vietnamese nationals from being deported if they arrived in the U.S. before July 12, 1995 — the date the two countries reestablished diplomatic ties.
Quyen Dinh, executive director of the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), said the current round of detentions is the largest she has seen since she began working for the organization in 2011.
In the last three fiscal years, the U.S. removed a total of 115 Vietnamese nationals, according to ICE enforcement and removal operations reports for 2014, 2015, and 2016.
As of May 2017, there were 8,534 Vietnamese nationals with outstanding final orders of removal in the United States, according to ICE.
Last week’s alert is the second this year for VietLead, a Philadelphia-based organization. Nancy Nguyen, the group’s executive director, said the organization issued a press release in March after receiving reports of approximately 80 individuals being detained. Nguyen said VietLead has aided “about 76 cases” of Vietnamese nationals facing removal since then.
The recent roundups in the Vietnamese community coincide with what advocates have called “the largest raids ever to target the Cambodian community.” Advocacy organizations have said that ICE has detained more than 100 Cambodian nationals with orders of removal beginning in early October.
Katrina Dizon Mariategue, immigration policy manager at SEARAC, said the organization’s work on deportation is typically not centered on the Vietnamese-American community, as detentions typically occur in the Cambodian-American community. Because this is the case, Cambodians are more organized and willing to publicly speak about their experiences, she noted.

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