Doing the right thing
Congress, President are to be commended
By Tony Staley
Congress and Pres. Bill Clinton did the right thing by making it
easier for Hmong veterans of the Vietnam War to become U.S.
A law, signed on May 26 by Pres. Clinton, waives the
English-language citizen requirement for the Hmong, (a Laotian
hill people forced to move to the United States after the Vietnam
War). The U.S. Central Intelligence Agency recruited the Hmong to
engage in covert military actions against the North Vietnamese
during the war with a promise that if anything went wrong, the
Hmong would be resettled in the U.S.
When the war ended, something definitely went wrong. Communist
governments in Laos and Vietnam began a wholesale slaughter of
the Hmong, killing an estimated 300,000 in the last 25 years.
There are now an estimated 200,000 Hmong living in the U.S. -
including an estimated 10,000 in the Green Bay Diocese.
Easing the citizenship requirements for these brave people in
recognition of all they did in service to the U.S. was right and
just. Congress, and in particular Rep. Bruce Vento, D-Minn., who
sponsored the legislation, and Clinton are to be commended.