February 22, 2020

Wisconson - A plan to deport Hmong people to Laos is devastating local communities and groups

By:  Alyssa Hui, WKOW.com, February 12, 2020

MADISON (WKOW) --  A local organization that works to empower low income communities of color shared on Wednesday how a plan to deport Hmong people will impact them.

Wisconsin is home to 49,000 Hmong people, according to U.S. Census Data. In the 1970s after the Vietnam War, the first Hmong residents arrived as refugees.

The push from President Donald Trump’s administration to deport Hmong refugees is devastating families and local communities in the Dane County area.

The Director of Freedom Inc., Kazbuag Vaj said she is worried about her family who has final orders of deportation.

“As someone who has relatives and loved ones with final orders of deportation, I’m directly impacted and as a small community in Madison or throughout the state of Wisconsin, we are going to be directly impacted, even if it’s just 300 people being deported,” Vaj said.

Vaj mentioned that if Hmong people are deported to Laos, many of them do not have family over there.

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