PRESS RELEASE: Vietnamese Refugee, Tin Nguyen, is Released from Adelanto ICE Detention Center

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, September 28, 2020

CONTACT: Tracy La, tracy@vietrise.org

Vietnamese Refugee, Tin Nguyen, is Released from Adelanto ICE Detention Center

The public and legal campaign to release Vietnamese Refugee Tin Nguyen from the Adelanto ICE Detention Center, after being incarcerated for 22 years and detained by ICE for 9 months, successfully brings Tin home to his family and loved ones.

ORANGE COUNTY, CAOn Monday afternoon, Vietnamese refugee Tin Nguyen was released from the Adelanto ICE Detention Facility and reunited with his family after 22 years of incarceration and 9 months in ICE Detention. Less than two weeks ago, a public campaign was launched to #BringTinHome to coincide with the filing of a habeas petition for Tin’s release. 

An outpouring of support from across the county and country that consisted of calls to ICE, over 600 community petition signatures, and a press conference that consisted of speakers including Tin’s three sisters and mother, Congress members Lou Correa and Alan Lowenthal, Santa Ana Council Member Vicente Sarmiento, immigration attorney Sabrina Rivera from CARECEN, and Vietnamese-American advocacy group VietRISE all came together to demand ICE release Tin and bring him home.

“I am just too excited and all I can say is finally. Tin worked so hard and long to come home. We all worked so hard together with him and now he’s coming home,” said Tin’s youngest sister, Thuy Nguyen. “Our 84-year old mother can now live the rest of her life peacefully knowing her son is home with her after being apart for 22 years.”

Tin Nguyen is a Vietnamese refugee who immigrated to the U.S. as a child. He served 22 years of incarceration due to mistakes he made as a youth. He transformed his life while incarcerated and was granted a commutation by Governor Brown in 2018 to give him a second chance to rejoin his community. He was granted parole in 2019 but instead of coming home to his family, Tin was detained by ICE.

“Every day that ICE continued to detain Tin, they were violating his constitutional right to due process, detaining him far past the legal limit that forbids indefinite civil detention, and neglecting his medical conditions as someone who is at increased risk of contracting COVID-19,” said Ben Seelig and Alex Duran, Tin’s pro bono attorneys from O’Melveny & Myers LLP. “We filed a habeas corpus petition on Tin’s behalf to force the government to explain their justification for Tin’s cruel and inhumane detention.”

“I am glad that Tin was released by ICE earlier today and is back with his family. Like many youth in the Vietnamese diaspora, Tin was only a child when he came to the U.S. in 1979. He faced numerous difficulties while trying to learn English and assimilating to his new home. Growing up, he made some bad decisions, but he has paid his debt to society,” said Congressman Lou Correa (CA-46). “Ultimately, Tin learned from his mistakes, and took steps to change his life. I am excited to see what he makes of this opportunity and overjoyed that he can finally return home to his loved ones.”

“I was proud to lead a letter to the Acting Secretary of DHS advocating for Mr. Nguyen’s immediate release and I am glad that he can now return to his family and his life. He should never have been taken into custody after his parole. Tin and his family have fought for years for him to come home,” said Congressman Alan Lowenthal (CA-47). “I am inspired by the legal advocacy and outpouring of community support that have made his release possible.”

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Refugee Communities Call Out New Head of ICE: BRING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 
Sept 8, 2020 // Online Here

Contact: 

Allison Vo, VietRISE, allison@vietrise.org

Rhenie Dalger, FANM, rdalger@fanm.org
Armando Carmona, CARECEN-LA, armando@tzunu.com

Sun Bujri, SEAC Village, sun@seacvillage.org

REFUGEE COMMUNITIES CALL OUT NEW HEAD OF ICE:  BRING HUMAN RIGHTS HOME!

“Pham you’re not family!”

From Little Saigon, CA, to Miami, FL, to Washington, DC, and outside of his home in Richmond, VA, ICE director Tony Pham denounced by refugee communities

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; and Washington, DC — Throughout the day on Tuesday, incoming ICE Director Tony Pham was denounced by refugee communities from across the country.  Beginning on Tuesday morning, refugee communities from various cities sent a unified message – online and at ICE headquarters – delivering a statement signed by two dozen organizations representing communities living across the United States — from Little Saigon, CA, to Miami, Florida.  On the same day, a coalition of grassroots groups from across North Carolina and Virginia protested at Pham’s home in Richmond, VA.  

In the unity statement delivered on Tuesday morning, groups condemned Trump’s appointment as a racist maneuver and demanded Pham “bring human rights home” to address ICE’s myriad of human rights violations.

“When we say Bring Human Rights Home for migrants and refugees, we mean human rights for every person impacted by incarceration, every individual, every young person, every person separated from their families.  Mr. Pham must answer for the multitude of human rights violations by ICE,” said Tracy La, Executive Director of VietRISE, located in the center of the largest Vietnamese community in the United States, known as Little Saigon, in Orange County, California. 

As soon as the digital press conference ended, a delegation delivered the statement, signed by over two dozen refugee organizations to ICE headquarters.  Watch footage of the event on Wednesday morning, as refugee communities demanded to speak with Tony Pham at ICE headquarters in DC.  


“Everyday I hear stories about children being stressed, terrified, traumatized about being separated from their mothers and fathers, about ICE’s migrant prison camps, that is the legacy that Tony Pham is representing today.  In our diverse, beautiful communities in and around Miami, these refugee families are welcome, ICE is not,” said Louikencia Jean Doriscan, Community Organizer at FANM, located in the middle of the Haitian community in Miami Florida.   


The statement, available here online, made clear what it means to “bring human rights home” for an agency steeped in white supremacy and xenophobia that has deliberately dismantled US refugee protections.  

“The pre-pandemic conditions at ICE detention were awful.  Things have only gotten worse.  And this happened under Tony Pham as top legal advisor.  If he is standing behind the fact that he is a refugee, he must think about all of those unjustly detained and free them all immediately,” said Camila Alvarez, Legal Director, at CARECEN-Los Angeles.  

On the same day, communities from North Carolina and Virginia protested outside of Tony Pham’s house denouncing him for the myriad of human rights violations committed by ICE, and for serving as a “puppet” for a white nationalist administration.  

The groups at the protest – led by SEAC Village, VietLead, Charlotte Uprising, SanctuaryDMV, ColectiVA, and Comunidad, chanted in unison, “Pham you’re not family!”

“We won’t let this administration use our families, our histories to divide us,” said Vietnamese-American immigration attorney, Tin Nguyen, board member of SEAC Village, based in Charlotte, North Carolina.  

Trump’s announcement that the new head of ICE would be Tony Pham, emphasizing his background as a refugee from Vietnam, was seen as yet another maneuver to provide cover for his white nationalist strategy of attrition targeting non-white immigrants and refugees.  

“Let’s be clear, if Tony Pham tried to come to the United States today, he would be rejected by the same Trump administration he works for today,” added Nguyen. 

The full statement is included below and available here online with full list of signers.

Today, we raise our voices as refugees and the descendants of refugees – from Viet Nam, Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala; as organizations that have grown and persevered alongside refugee communities throughout the US; and as witnesses of the wretched treatment of our refugee sisters and brothers from around the world by the Trump administration, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and by ICE.  

First, far from a sign of good will, refugee communities see the political stunt for what it really is:  another divisive tactic to provide much-needed political cover for the Trump administration’s xenophobic ideology.  Trump highlighting a government official’s refugee background, after years of showing nothing but contempt and hatred for refugees, is obviously incongruent.  It’s a familiar political routine used by nativist politicians to divide our communities.

Second, we know representation alone does not equal justice for refugees or migrants.  Pham’s refugee background does not absolve him from his most relevant work experience, serving as principal legal advisor for ICE, as the rogue agency was weaponized against undocumented workers and Black Lives Matter protestors.  During his tenure and in the midst of the pandemic, ICE’s management of immigration detention centers exacerbated a public health crisis, with spikes in cases, unsanitary conditions, use of toxic chemicals against refugees and migrants, and continued deportations.  As long as the Trump administration’s agenda is guided by white nationalist hate groups, the nominal head of ICE will have an impossible time addressing the racism and myriad human rights violations committed in the name of “homeland security.”  

For these reasons, we will not allow refugees to be utilized as pawns for political gain.  We denounce the terror sown by ICE in our communities, the existence of migrant prison camps, and the dismantling of asylum protections that has resulted in over 60 thousand asylum seekers blocked from even reaching their loved ones or relatives in the US.  We implore Pham to truly honor his refugee background and bring human rights home for all immigrants and refugees today. 

What does it mean to “bring human rights home”? For starters, if Pham has any loyalty left to refugee families that are living through what his own family and Vietnamese families lived through 45 years ago –  he will take strong steps to protect refugees by announcing:  (a.) the release of all those detained in ICE’s migrant prison camps and their immediate closures, (b.) a halt to all deportations during the pandemic, (c.) work to guarantee protections for TPS and DACA holders before January 4, 2021, and (d.) an end to ICE collusion with hate groups.  To do otherwise would mean turning his back on refugees and siding with the xenophobic, racist worldview that questions our very presence and seeks to make us disappear entirely from this country.  

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Joint Statement from Refugee Communities to New Head of ICE Tony Pham

For Immediate Release
Friday, September 4, 2020

PDF Version Here

Contact: 
Allison Vo, VietRISE, allison@vietrise.org
Rhenie Dalger, FANM, rdalger@fanm.org
Armando Carmona, CARECEN-LA, armando@tzunu.com

The following statement by groups from Vietnamese, Central American, and Haitian refugee communities, was released in response to the Trump administration announcement that Tony Pham, a refugee who arrived in the US in 1975, will lead ICE.  

On Tuesday, September 8, the groups will host a zoom press conference with voices from across the country (RSVP here: bit.ly/3gZ0XE8). 

Today, we raise our voices as refugees and the descendants of refugees – from Viet Nam, Haiti, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala; as organizations that have grown and persevered alongside refugee communities throughout the US; and as witnesses of the wretched treatment of our refugee sisters and brothers from around the world by the Trump administration, by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and by ICE.  

First, far from a sign of good will, refugee communities see the political stunt for what it really is:  another divisive tactic to provide much-needed political cover for the Trump administration’s xenophobic ideology.  Trump highlighting a government official’s refugee background, after years of showing nothing but contempt and hatred for refugees, is obviously incongruent.  It’s a familiar political routine used by nativist politicians to divide our communities.

Second, we know representation alone does not equal justice for refugees or migrants.  Pham’s refugee background does not absolve him from his most relevant work experience, serving as principal legal advisor for ICE, as the rogue agency was weaponized against undocumented workers and Black Lives Matter protestors.  During his tenure and in the midst of the pandemic, ICE’s management of immigration detention centers exacerbated a public health crisis, with spikes in cases, unsanitary conditions, use of toxic chemicals against refugees and migrants, and continued deportations.  As long as the Trump administration’s agenda is guided by white nationalist hate groups, the nominal head of ICE will have an impossible time addressing the racism and myriad human rights violations committed in the name of “homeland security.”  

For these reasons, we will not allow refugees to be utilized as pawns for political gain.  We denounce the terror sown by ICE in our communities, the existence of migrant prison camps, and the dismantling of asylum protections that has resulted in over 60 thousand asylum seekers blocked from even reaching their loved ones or relatives in the US.  We implore Pham to truly honor his refugee background and bring human rights home for all immigrants and refugees today. 

What does it mean to “bring human rights home”? For starters, if Pham has any loyalty left to refugee families that are living through what his own family and Vietnamese families lived through 45 years ago –  he will take strong steps to protect refugees by announcing:  (a.) the release of all those detained in ICE’s migrant prison camps and their immediate closures, (b.) a halt to all deportations during the pandemic, (c.) work to guarantee protections for TPS and DACA holders before January 4, 2021, and (d.) an end to ICE collusion with hate groups.  To do otherwise would mean turning his back on refugees and siding with the xenophobic, racist worldview that questions our very presence and seeks to make us disappear entirely from this country.  

Delivered on behalf of – 

VietRISE – Orange County, California

Family Action Network Movement (FANM) – Miami, Florida

CARECEN-LA – Los Angeles, California

SEAC Village – Charlotte, North Carolina

Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees – Brooklyn, New York

VietLead – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Palestinian Youth Movement – Los Angeles, Orange County, Inland Empire, California

Comunidad Colectiva – Charlotte, North Carolina 

Haitian Bridge Alliance – Aliso Viejo, California

National Day Laborer Organizing Network – Pasadena, California

Orange County Justice Fund – Orange County, California

WeCount! – Homestead, Florida

Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition – Long Beach, California

Koreatown Popular Assembly – Los Angeles, California

CLUE – Los Angeles, California

Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign – New York, New York

Southeast Asian Defense Project – New York, New York

Japanese American Citizens League – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador) – Washington, D.C.

Tsuru for Solidarity – Seattle, Washington

Asian Americans United – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Khmer Anti-Deportation Advocacy Group (KhAAG) – Seattle, Washington

Southeast Asian Freedom Network

Southeast Asia Resource Action Center – Washington, D.C.

Mekong NYC – Bronx, New York

Coalition for Human Immigrant Rights (CHIRLA) – Los Angeles, California

Tuyên Bố Của VieRISE Về Việc Người Tị Nạn Việt Nam Cũ Mới Được Bổ Nhiệm Làm Giám Đốc Cơ Quan Thực Thi Di Trú Và Hải Quan (ICE)

XIN PHỔ BIÊN // PDF
English: Tại Đây
Thứ Ba, Ngày 25 Tháng 8, Năm 2020
Liên Lạc: Vincent Tran, vincent@vietrise.org 

Tuyên Bố Của VieRISE Về Việc Người Tị Nạn Việt Nam Cũ Mới Được Bổ Nhiệm Làm Giám Đốc Cơ Quan Thực Thi Di Trú Và Hải Quan (ICE)
Nếu Phạm còn lòng trung thành với người tị nạn, Pham sẽ bắt đầu bằng việc tuyên bố đóng cửa các trại tù di cư của ICE

Little Saigon, Quận Cam, California – Hôm thứ Ba, chính quyền Tổng Thống Trump thông báo rằng họ đã chọn Tony Phạm, một cựu người tị nạn từ Việt Nam đến Hoa Kỳ năm 1975, để đảm nhận vị trí giám đốc Cơ quan Thực thi Di trú & Hải quan (ICE). Để đáp lại lời bổ nhiệm của Phạm, Tracy La, Giám đốc Điều hành của VietRISE, đã đưa ra lời tuyên bố sau:

“Với tư cách là những người nhập cư và con cái của những người tị nạn Việt Nam, chúng tôi biết rằng nếu chỉ xét về tính đại diện thì không thể bình đẳng công lý. Đối với Pham là một người tị nạn Việt Nam không có nghĩa Pham sẽ là lãnh đạo ICE và đối xử với những người nhập cư và người tị nạn bằng phẩm giá và tôn vinh các quyền con người mà họ đáng được hưởng.

“Với tư cách là một tổ chức giới trẻ và vận động của người Việt trong cộng đồng người Việt lớn nhất tại Hoa Kỳ, đứng đầu là những thanh niên đã chứng kiến ​​nỗi kinh hoàng do ICE gieo rắc ở Little Saigon, California, chúng tôi khẩn cầu Phạm hãy nhớ đến lai lịch xuất thân tị nạn của mình và làm điều đúng đắn bằng cách tôn vinh quyền con người của tất cả những người nhập cư và tị nạn.

“Nếu Phạm còn lòng trung thành với những người tị nạn, Pham ta sẽ bắt đầu bằng việc tuyên bố đóng cửa các trại tù di cư của ICE, tạm dừng mọi hoạt động trục xuất trong thời kỳ đại dịch, chấm dứt sự thông đồng của ICE với các nhóm thù địch và ngay lập tức thả tất cả những người nhập cư đang bị giam giữ. Làm theo cách khác có nghĩa là anh ta quay lưng lại với những người tị nạn và đứng về phía một cơ quan chính phủ bất hảo vốn chỉ cho thấy mình là mối đe dọa trong cộng đồng của chúng ta.”

Thông báo này được đưa ra giữa cuộc khủng hoảng Đại Dịch COVID-19 tại các trung tâm giam giữ người nhập cư, nơi ICE đã không cung cấp cho người nhập cư sự chăm sóc bảo vệ thích hợp, dẫn đến hơn 1.000 trường hợp dương tính của dịch COVID-19 và dẫn đến cái chết của 19 người. Ngoài ra, vào đầu tháng 8, ICE đã trục xuất 30 người nhập cư Việt Nam đến Việt Nam, 12 người trong số họ bị trục xuất mặc dù đã có thỏa thuận giữa Hoa Kỳ và Việt Nam rằng không có người nhập cư Việt Nam nào định cư tại Hoa Kỳ trước tháng 7 năm 1995 sẽ bị trục xuất.

VietRISE nhẳm thúc đẩy sự công bằng xã hội và xây dựng nhiều quyền lợi với các cộng đồng người Việt Nam nhập cư và Việt Nam có thu nhập thấp tại Quận Cam. VietRISE đã phát động một chiến dịch kêu gọi các vị dân cử địa phương Việt Nam mang nhân quyền về nước cho những người nhập cư và tị nạn. Để tìm hiểu thêm, hãy vào www.vietrise.org.

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VietRISE Statement on Newly Appointed Former Vietnamese Refugee as Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE // PDF here
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
Contact: Allison Vo, allison@vietrise.org 

VietRISE Statement on Newly Appointed Former Vietnamese Refugee as Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)
“If Pham has any loyalty left to refugees, he will begin by announcing the closure of ICE’s migrant prison camps”

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – On Tuesday, the Trump administration announced that it has selected Tony Pham, a former refugee from Vietnam who came to the U.S. in 1975, to take over as director of Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE). In response to Pham’s appointment, Tracy La, Executive Director of VietRISE, issued the following statement:

“As immigrants and children of Vietnamese refugees, we know that representation alone does not equal justice. For Pham to have been a Vietnamese refugee does not mean that he will lead ICE and treat immigrants and refugees with dignity and honor the human rights that they deserve. 

“As a Vietnamese advocacy and youth organization in the largest Vietnamese community in the U.S., led by youth who have witnessed the terror sown by ICE in Little Saigon, California, we implore Pham to remember his refugee background and do the right thing by honoring the human rights of all immigrants and refugees. 

“If Pham has any loyalty left to refugees, he will begin by announcing the closure of ICE’s migrant prison camps, halt all deportations during the pandemic, cease ICE collusion with hate groups, and immediately release all of those in immigrant detention. To do otherwise would mean turning his back on refugees and siding with a rogue government agency that has only shown itself to be a menace in our communities.”

This announcement comes in the middle of a COVID-19 crisis in immigrant detention centers, where ICE has failed to provide immigrants with proper protective care, leading to over 1,000 positive COVID-19 cases and the death of 19 people. In addition, in early August, ICE deported 30 Vietnamese immigrants to Vietnam, 12 of whom were deported despite an agreement between the U.S. and Vietnam that no Vietnamese immigrants who resettled in the U.S. before July 1995 would be deported. 

VietRISE advances social justice and builds power with low-income Vietnamese and immigrant communities in Orange County. VietRISE launched a campaign to call on local Vietnamese officials to bring human rights home for immigrants and refugees. To learn more, visit www.vietrise.org.

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PRESS RELEASE: 406 Residents, 19 Orange County Organizations, Call on Garden Grove to Pass Ordinance Banning Evictions and Met with Silence by City Council

View the PDF at this link here.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, May 13, 2020
Contact: Tracy La, tracy@vietrise.org


In Letters to City Council, 406 Residents, 19 Orange County Organizations, Call on Garden Grove to Pass Ordinance Banning Evictions and Met with Silence by City Council


Following the evictions of 10 Vietnamese and immigrant-owned businesses in April during COVID-19 in Garden Grove, the businesses and workers partnered with community organizations and residents to launch a petition calling on the Garden Grove City Council to ban all evictions during COVID-19. As of Wednesday morning, the petition had 406 signatures, including other small business owners and elected officials, as well as 19 community organizations and non-profit agencies that signed on the call to action.


On Tuesday evening, over 55 public comments were sent in by residents and community organizations to the city council to take action to ban evictions. However, only 19 comments were received by the Garden Grove City Council during their official meeting, and none of the comments sent in by residents were read out loud. In addition to the call to ban evictions, residents are concerned by their ability to be able to publicly address the Council, given the council’s decision to cancel all in-person meetings. In a virtual era of governance forced upon residents by COVID-19, residents are questioning their accessibility to their own local government and whether or not their voices and concerns will be heard by the City Council.


As of Wednesday morning, there has been no official response from the City Council to the public about whether or not the City will consider agendizing an ordinance to ban evictions. Meanwhile, the 10 evicted businesses have been forced to relocate to other sites in cities across Orange County, and some are still struggling to find permanent lots to protect and run their businesses.


The residents will continue to engage City Council and are encouraging residents to continue signing onto the petition to ban evictions in Garden Grove. The number of signatures on the petition and the full petition can be found at this link: bit.ly/stopevictionsingg.

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Press Release: Cultural Festival in Little Saigon to Celebrate Sanctuary for Immigrants and Refugees

For Immediate Release
PDF Version Here
Sunday, October 20th, 2019

Contact: 
Tracy La, (858) 598-7805 | tracy@vietrise.org
SG Sarmiento, (202) 746-2099 | sgsarmiento@ndlon.org

CULTURAL FESTIVAL IN LITTLE SAIGON TO CELEBRATE SANCTUARY FOR IMMIGRANTS AND REFUGEES

25 years after Orange County was the birthplace of CA’s proposition 187, a new generation of youth are leading a cross-cultural movement to “bring human rights home” 

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – On Sunday, October 20th, VietRISE and the National Day Laborer Organizing Network (NDLON) are hosting “We Celebrate Sanctuary Here,” a daylong community festival that will bring Vietnamese, Latino, and immigrant communities together in support of inclusion and solidarity, and in defiance of the re-animated politics of white supremacy.  

“Orange County is changing because of immigrant and refugee communities. We envision a county that is inclusive, that honors our cultures, and that upholds immigrant and human rights for all.” said Tracy La, Executive Director of VietRISE. “We reject the politics of hate and fear that some elected officials in Orange County have promoted and we will not stand by anti-immigrant rhetoric.”

“The power to defeat hate and trumpism won’t come from the top down,” said Salvador Sarmiento, National Campaign Director for the National Day Laborer Organizing Network. “It will come from grassroots organized communities coming together to reaffirm who we all are, to celebrate each other, and to defend our most fundamental civic guarantees. Today’s festival is a call to action, from the bottom of our hearts.”

What:  We Celebrate Sanctuary Here: Community Festival 
When:  Sunday, October 20, 11:00AM – 4:00PM (speakers 1:00-2:00PM) 
Where:  Atlantis Play Center, 13630 Atlantis Way, Garden Grove

This community festival is free and open to the public.  It will bring together art and cultural activities such as a live art installation painting, screen printing, Vietnamese lantern-making, and papel picado (Mexican “pecked paper”).  There will also be live music and performances from OC and LA bands, poets and DJ’s, as well as local immigrant-owned businesses, community organizations and educational resources for immigrant families and youth.

RELEASE: Little Saigon Stands with El Paso: Vigil Against White Supremacy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8th, 2019

 

Contact:
Tracy La, 858-598-7805,
tracy@vietrise.org
Hairo Cortes, 657-272-3475, hairo@chispaoc.org

Little Saigon Stands with El Paso: Vigil Against White Supremacy

“Latinx and Vietnamese communities condemn anti-immigrant policies and rhetoric by local officials that fuels violence against undocumented immigrants.”

Little Saigon, Orange County — On Thursday August 8th, 2019, Latinx and Vietnamese community organizations are holding a vigil to honor the 22 lives lost in El Paso, Texas due to the violence of a white supremacist terrorist. The vigil will take place in the heart of Little Saigon at Freedom Park in Westminster city from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.

Organizers of the vigil call on local, state, and federal elected officials in Orange County to condemn white supremacy and anti-immigrant rhetoric as they have remained silent, and worse, have served as a conduit to this worldview. 

“It’s clear that the words of our elected officials impact our community. The anti-immigrant language that Trump uses regularly, whether through tweets or  rallies, fueled the violence and murders committed by the white supremacist in El Paso.” said Tracy La, Executive Director of VietRISE. “That’s why we need our local Orange County officials to condemn white supremacy, and protect human rights instead.”

“Vietnamese and Latinx communities are changing the face of Orange County” said Hairo Cortes, Executive Director of Chispa. “And we often remain isolated from one another, even when we share the same neighborhoods and attend the same schools. Today is a moment to come together and remain together.”

 

What: Little Saigon Vigil Against White Supremacy

When:
Thursday, August 8th @ 6:30pm – 8:30pm

Location:
Freedom Park, 14180 All American Way, Westminster, CA 92682

 

The Little Saigon community of Orange County includes the cities of Westminster, Garden Grove, Santa Ana, and Fountain Valley and represents the largest community of Vietnamese outside of Vietnam.  The vigil is being brought together by VietRISE, Chispa, ICE Out of OC and Together We Will Orange County.

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Press Release: OC Sheriff Don Barnes Terminates Immigrant Detention Contract With ICE (Eng + Viet)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019
PDF Version: English | Vietnamese

Contact: Tracy La
Executive Director of VietRISE
(858) 598-7805
tracy@vietrise.org

OC Sheriff Don Barnes Terminates Immigrant Detention Contract with ICE

As the Orange County Sheriff’s Department announces plans to end its contract with ICE and open up more jail space for mental health treatment for inmates, Vietnamese community members are concerned that the allocation of mental health resources within the Sheriff’s Department will increase the incarceration of immigrant communities.

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – Today, Wednesday, March 27th, 2019  the Orange County Sheriff’s Department (OCSD) announced plans to end its contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and will no longer be detaining immigrants within their jails. Instead, they plan to allocate funds to make more jail space for mental health treatment. Current detainees will be transferred to facilities outside of California and more beds will be opened up within the jails. Simply closing the OCSD’s contract with ICE and making more jail space for mental health treatment is an incomplete step.

The State of Immigration Enforcement in OC Report released earlier this year reveals that Vietnamese community members are the second most targeted group referred to federal immigration enforcement by local law enforcement. Therefore, Vietnamese people are the second largest group not protected from deportation in Orange County. As a county of immigrants where Vietnamese refugees have been impacted by war that has led to negative impacts on immigration and mental health, there must be more responsible allocation of mental health resources that does not hurt immigrant communities.

To make Orange County safer and more inclusive of immigrants, Sheriff Barnes must denounce the rabid anti-immigrant voices he and the OC Supervisors enabled last year that spurred anti-immigrant sentiment within the county. VietRISE also calls for resources toward mental health services to be allocated to healthcare professionals and organizations with a strong, reliable track record of providing mental health support for inmates instead.

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CHO THÔNG CÁO BÁO CHÍ
Wednesday, March 27th, 2019

Xin Vui Lòng Liên Lạc: Tracy La
Executive Director of VietRISE
(858) 598-7805
tracy@vietrise.org

Cảnh Sát Trưởng Don Barnes chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE (Cơ quan Thực thi Di trú và Hải quan)

Văn phòng Cảnh Sát Trưởng đã thông báo họ sẽ chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE (Cơ quan Thực thi Di trú và Hải quan) và sẽ mở thêm phòng giam tủ để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân. Các thành viên cộng đồng Việt (thành viên hội cộng đồng VietRISE) lo ngại rằng sự phân bổ tiền để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân sẽ gia tăng sự giam giữ cộng đồng nhập cư.   

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – Hôm qua, Ngày 27 Tháng 3 Năm 2019, văn phòng Cảnh Sát Trưởng vừa thông báo rằng họ sẽ chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE (Cơ quan Thực thi Di trú và Hải quan). Họ sẽ mở thêm phòng giam tủ để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân và sẽ không giam giữ người di dân trong các tụ ở Orange County. Thay vì họ sẽ chuyển các người nhập cư đến các nhà tụ ở tiểu bang khác. Chỉ chấm dứt hợp đồng với ICE không đủ để bảo vệ các cộng đồng nhập cư.

Trong bài báo cáo State of Immigration Enforcement in OC phát hành đầu năm nay, bài báo cáo này khám phá rằng ở Orange County cộng đồng Việt là cộng đồng lớn thứ hai bị ảnh hưởng về sự nguy cơ bị trục xuất. Ở Orange County văn phòng Cảnh Sát Trưởng và Cảnh Sát Trưởng Don Barnes phải phân bổ công bằng tiền dùng để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân để không hại các cộng đồng nhập cư vì trong cộng đồng Việt chiến tranh đã gây ra rất nhiều tổn thương trong vấn đề nhập cư và bà tâm thần.  

Hội Cộng Đồng VietRISE kêu gọi Cảnh Sát Trưởng Don Barnes nên tố cáo các hùng biện chống người nhập cư để Orange County trở thành một nơi an toàn cho các cộng đồng nhập cư. VietRISE cũng đề nghị rằng tiền dùng để điều trị sức khỏe tâm thần cho các tù nhân nên được phân bổ cho các bác sĩ, y tá, và tổ chức có kinh nghiệm giúp đỡ các tù nhân.

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Orange County Vietnamese Community Members Demand for Protection of Vietnamese Refugees from Being Deported

Orange County Vietnamese community members demand that the Trump administration protect Vietnamese refugees from being deported by honoring the terms of the original 2008 Repatriation Agreement between the U.S. and Viet Nam

Contact:

English media: Tracy La, 858-598-7805, tracy@vietrise.org
Vietnamese media: Tung Nguyen, apiroc714@gmail.com

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA – Saturday, December 15 at 9:00am P.T. Orange County Vietnamese community members will lead a rally to urge the federal government to protect Vietnamese refugees from being deported. Vietnamese impacted individuals and community leaders will explain the urgency of why the U.S. government must honor the terms of the original 2008 Repatriation Agreement between the U.S. Viet Nam and why not doing so will separate families through deportation and detention and bring harm to over 8,500 Vietnamese refugees and their loved ones across the country. Vietnamese community members will also call for an end to all deportations and detention of Southeast Asian, including Cambodian, refugees who have also been a target of this administration.

WHO:   Asians and Pacific Islanders Re-Entry of Orange County (APIROC)

VietRISE

VietUnity SoCal

Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC)

Common Ground OC

WHAT: Rally and march in support of protecting Vietnamese and Southeast Asian refugees from deportation

WHEN: Saturday, December 15, 2018, 9:00AM P.T.

WHERE: Phước Lộc Thọ (Asian Garden Mall)

             9200 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, California 92683


Cộng Đồng Người Việt ở Orange County Kêu Gọi Chính Quyền Bảo Vệ Các Người Việt Tị Nạn Trong Nguy Cơ Bị Trục Xuất  

Cộng đồng người Việt ở Orange County kêu gọi Chính quyền Donald Trump bảo vệ các người Việt tị nạn trong nguy cơ bị trục xuất và tôn trọng Thỏa thuận giữa Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ.

Xin liên lạc:

Bằng tiếng Anh: Tracy La, tracy@vietrise.org
Bằng tiếng Viết: Tung Nguyen, apiroc714@gmail.com

Little Saigon, Orange County, CA –  Lúc 9:00AM P.T. Thứ Bảy, Ngày 15 Tháng 12 cộng đồng người Việt ở Orange County sẽ tổ chức cuộc biểu tình để kêu gọi Chính quyền liên bang Hoa Kỳ để bảo vệ các người Việt tị nạn đang trong nguy cơ bị trục xuất. Ở cuộc biểu tình này các người Việt trong nguy cơ bị trục xuất và các nhà lãnh đạo cộng đồng sẽ giải thích vì sao Chính quyền liên bang Hoa Kỳ nên tôn trọng Thỏa thuận giữa Việt Nam và Hoa Kỳ. Nếu Chính quyền không tôn trọng Thỏa thuận ấy thì hơn 8,500 người Việt có thề bị giam giữ va trục xuất. Cộng đồng người Việt cũng sẽ kêu gọi Chính quyền để chấm dứt sự trục xuất và giam giữ các người tị nạn Đông Nam Á, kể cả người Campuchia.

Hội nào:  Asians and Pacific Islanders Re-Entry of Orange County (APIROC)

VietRISE

VietUnity SoCal

Viet Rainbow of Orange County (VROC)

Common Ground OC

Là Gì:  Cuộc biểu tình để ừng hộ và bảo vệ cộng đồng người Việt và các người tị nạn Đông Nam Á bị ảnh hưởng bởi nguy cơ bị trục xuất.

Khi nào:   Lúc 9:00AM P.T. Thứ Bảy, Ngày 15 Tháng 12 Năm 2018

Ở đâu:       Phước Lộc Thọ (Asian Garden Mall)

9200 Bolsa Ave, Westminster, California 92683