Then They Came - Senselessly and Truly Friggin' Unbelievably - For the Vietnamese


What fresh hell is this. In yet another mindlessly cruel, deeply racist, utterly pointless move aimed at - what?! distracting the masses from the dumpster fire engulfing him? flexing his psychotic muscle by trying to find more people of color he can traumatize? - the Trump administration (sic) wants to deport certain Vietnamese refugees who may or may not have committed any crimes but they're not quite white so really does it matter? According to The Atlantic, Trump et al - many suspect Nazi ghoul Stephen Miller - have unilaterally reinterpreted a 2008 agreement between Vietnam and the Bush-era U.S. that barred the deportation of any Vietnamese arriving here before 1995, when both sides reestablished diplomatic relations. Having once considered reversing the agreement, already deported a few people and then backing off, Trump now argues those Vietnamese are subject to immigration laws and eligible for deportation because what other havoc can he wreak?

We're talking maybe 350,000 people, many of whom worked with/for - and often died with/for - U.S. troops as they razed the country, torched homes and ravaged families in the name of fighting Communism like we urged them to, after which they fled in terror to come here, allegedly to be safe. We're talking hard-working - and often Republican-voting - people who've lived and raised families here for decades; who, now in their 60s and 70s, like to grow lemongrass and coriander in plastic kiddie pools in their tiny, immaculate backyards; who remain so staunchly red-white-and-blue that, when our Vietnamese daughter decorated a donation box for her Vietnamese language teacher with the commie, red and yellow flag, he gently advised her Vietnamese parents picking up their kids would take offense. They are now the enemy?!? Online, many are struggling to find new words for "evil," "monster" and the kind of sick that daily invents a new hell for another group of vulnerable brown people. So are we.



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In one of the war's most iconic photos from June 1972, 9-year-old Phan Thị Kim Phúc flees a napalm attack gone awry, screaming "Nóng quá, nóng quá " -"too hot, too hot." She, her two younger brothers and her cousins are followed by South Vietnamese soldiers. Kim Phúc runs a U.S. foundation but lives in Canada; if she lived here, she would be one of the pre-1995 immigrants Trump wants to deport. Photo by Nick Ut/AP.

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