Wisconsin (WQOW) - Representative Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin) is among those behind a push to protect Hmong refugees from deportation.
Five representatives from Wisconsin and Minnesota introduced the Hmong and Lao Refugee Deportation Prohibition Act.
The bill aims to prohibit the Trump administration from deporting individuals to Laos for 72 months while their immigration cases are reassessed.
The Trump administration is currently negotiating with the Lao officials on a repatriation agreement that would deport at least 4,700 individuals.
There are more than 49,000 Hmong residents living in Wisconsin, including more than 3,000 in Eau Claire.
Congressman Ron Kind (WI-03) said:
“Thousands of Hmong and Laotian refugees fled to the US in the 1970s, including many who fought bravely alongside the US in the Vietnam War, and I have personally met with many of these veterans throughout my district in southwest Wisconsin. With ongoing reports of serious human rights abuses in Laos—especially towards Hmong people since the end of the Vietnam War—cited in the State Department's own reports to Congress, it would be a huge mistake for this Administration to send these individuals or their families back to a country where they will be put in harm’s way. I’m proud to work with my colleagues to introduce legislation to block the Administration from pursuing such a reckless action.”Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin)