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Gov. Evers pens letter opposing Hmong deportation proposal

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Madison (WQOW) - Governor Tony Evers is asking the Trump Administration to reverse course on a proposed plan to deport some Hmong residents back to Laos.

In late January, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with the Lao People's Democratic Republic on an agreement that would send certain Hmong and Lao people in the U.S. back to the country of their birth.

The Trump Administration's proposal could reportedly affect more than 4,500 U.S. residents who are not citizens.

Those affected include refugees who were not able to become citizens because of criminal records but who have since served their sentences.

In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Governor Evers said the Hmong people have been an important part of Wisconsin's fabric and economy and urged the State Department to reconsider its position.

More than 3,000 Hmong people live in Eau Claire, making them the largest minority group in our area.

Representative Ron Kind and Senator Tammy Baldwin, both Democrats, are also uring the State Department to reconsider its stance.

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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