Vietnamese who entered the U.S. illegally after the former foes normalized relations in 1995 could now be forced to return to their birth country, said Julie Myers, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
About 6,200 Vietnamese were given final deportation orders before the agreement’s completion, and 1,500 more are involved in proceedings to eventually be sent home, Myers said during a visit to Vietnam.
The repatriation agreement provides steps for the U.S. to deport the Southeast Asian country’s citizens who lack required documents, and for Vietnam to receive them.
The deal has been under negotiation for 10 years. Vietnam had previously been reluctant to accept citizens back.