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Santa Clara Co. Hosts Vigil for Vietnamese Immigrants in Response to Trump's Incoming Policy

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    Santa Clara Co. Hosts Vigil for Vietnamese Immigrants

    Santa Clara County officials hosted a candlelight vigil Thursday night in response to federal immigration policies that may deport Vietnam War refugees in the United States.

    (Published Friday, Dec. 21, 2018)

    Santa Clara County officials hosted a candlelight vigil Thursday night in response to federal immigration policies that may deport Vietnam War refugees in the United States.

    A 2008 Repatriation Agreement protects Vietnamese immigrants who arrived to the U.S. before July 12, 1995 from being deported, but President Donald Trump's administration intends to renegotiate the memorandum of understanding, the news outlet The Atlantic reported last week.

    The news conference and vigil in Santa Clara County, which has a large population of Vietnamese people, took place at 5:30 p.m. at the county government center at 70 W. Hedding St. in San Jose.

    Representatives from local immigration nonprofits and legal offices were present at the gathering, hosted by Supervisor Dave Cortese and Vietnamese community members impacted by the potential deportations.

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