Evers Calls For End to Hmong Deportation Negotiations
Trump administration negotiating agreement to send some U.S. residents to Laos.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Evers, a Democrat, said that negotiations between the Trump administration and the government of Laos “are sowing fear into Hmong communities across Wisconsin.”
The negotiations are around a repatriation agreement that would allow the U.S. to more easily deport Lao residents in the U.S. who aren’t citizens and who have committed crimes or have deportation orders against them.
Many Lao citizens in the U.S. are Hmong. The agreement would not apply to U.S. citizens.
Evers letter says that he opposes “any agreement that results in the deportation of Hmong people living in Wisconsin.”
“The potential deportation of Hmong Wisconsinites is yet another example of your administration’s problematic disposition and policies toward refugee and immigrant populations,” Evers said.
Asked for comment on the negotiations earlier this week, a State Department spokesperson confirmed to WPR that the administration is calling on Laos to accept deported U.S. residents, and said that “the U.S. government is funding a reintegration program in Laos for those who need extra assistance.”
Evers Calls On Trump Administration To Halt Negotiations On Hmong Deportations was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.