Indochinese Refugees

Archive Report

Continuing Plight of Refugees

Rising Number Who Flee Communist Regimes

Indochina is a subject most Americans would like to forget. That they cannot forget their country's traumatic 10-year military involvement in Southeast Asia is due in large part to the plight of hundreds of thousands of refugees who fled their homes in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos during and after the Communist takeovers in 1975. To date, the United States has accepted more than 150,000 Indochinese refugees, most of them from Vietnam. The vast majority were granted asylum more than two years ago, and subsequent attempts to admit more refugees have encountered considerable opposition in Congress and throughout the country. The Carter administration recently decided to accept an additional 15,000, but there were warnings from Congress that ...

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