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CAIR-Houston to Host Live-streamed ‘Stories of Survival’ Event with Vietnam War Refugee Families Facing Deportation

(HOUSTON, TEXAS, 12/18/18) — On Thursday, December 20, the Council on American-Islamic Relations Houston chapter (CAIR-Houston) will host a “Stories of Survival” event with refugee families who came to America during or after the war in Vietnam.

The event will feature stories of men and women who struggled to survive and are now facing the threat of deportation. Local community leaders and elected officials will also join to voice their opposition to the crisis and to stand in solidarity with our affected communities. This event will be live-streamed on the CAIR-Houston Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cair.tx.houston/  

WHAT: Livestream Event: ”˜Stories of Survival’ with Vietnam War Refugee Families Facing Deportation
WHEN: Thursday, December 20, 2018 Starting at 7:00 p.m.
WHERE: CAIR-Houston Office, 7211 Regency Square Blvd, Suite 201, Houston TX, 77036
CONTACT: CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Sobia Siddiqui, 832-782-3141, ssiddiqui@cair.com

CAIR-Houston is partnering with Steven Wu of OCA-Greater Houston to respond to the recent deportation of Cambodian refugees and the attempted deportation of Vietnamese refugees, most of whom came to the United States under federal protection before 1995. 

Deportations of Cambodian refugees started as early as 2002 and the efforts have become more aggressive under the Trump administration. Concerns that deportation efforts will continue and begin targeting the Vietnamese refugee families has created tension and fear in the AAPI community. Families are already facing separation caused by the deportations that have taken place. 

“CAIR-Houston and OCA-Greater Houston are working together to elevate the voices of impacted people, to not only humanize their stories but draw attention to the unconstitutionality of the situation as it is,” said CAIR-Houston Communications Coordinator Sobia Siddiqui.

SEE: Dozens More Cambodian Immigrants to Be Deported From U.S., Officials Say

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/12/12/world/asia/trump-deport-cambodians.html

Trump Moves to Deport Vietnam War Refugees

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/12/donald-trump-deport-vietnam-war-refugees/577993/

They came here as refugees. Now the U.S. may be deporting some Vietnamese nationals.

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/they-came-here-refugees-now-u-s-may-be-deporting-n872856

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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