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Since well before the Vietnam War, Southeast Asian migrants have faced racism, targeted immigration enforcement, and denial of their basic human rights.

Since the mid-1990s, the U.S. has issued final orders of removal to about 16,000 Southeast Asian refugees.

“We were the first generation of Southeast Asian refugees to grow up in a country that hated us.

In Southeast Asian communities, gangs provided a sense of community for poor youth growing up with few resources.

Within the Southeast Asian community, deportations were viewed as a stigma, a sign that they were being labeled as criminals.

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