Gov. Jerry Brown 1975: Don’t ‘Dump Vietnamese’ Refugees on California

Kerry Picket, Breitbart, July 2, 2014

Democratic Governor Jerry Brown once fought to keep South Vietnamese refugees from being delivered to his state during his first stint as governor of California in the 1970’s. {snip}

In 1975, Jerry Brown complained that the federal government wanted to “dump Vietnamese on” California. “We can’t be looking 5,000 miles away and at the same time neglecting people who live here,” Newsweek reported at the time. According to The Washington Post, Larry Engelmann’s Tears Before the Rain: An Oral History of the Fall of South Vietnam, writes that Julia Vadala Taft, who led the interagency task force for refugee resettlement, remembered Brown’s opposition.

“The new governor of California, Jerry Brown, was very concerned about refugees settling in his state. Brown even attempted to prevent planes carrying refugees from landing at Travis Air Force Base near Sacramento. . . . The secretary of health and welfare, Mario Obledo, felt that this addition of a large minority group would be unwelcome in California. And he said that they already had a large population of Hispanics, Filipinos, blacks, and other minorities.”

In fact, then Senator Joe Biden complained about the Ford administration’s move to bring Vietnamese refugees to the U.S., saying the White House “had not informed Congress adequately about the number of refugees.” Liberal presidential icon George McGovern told Newsweek, “I think the Vietnamese are better off in Vietnam.”



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  • “Secretary of Health and Welfare, Mario Obledo”

    Another well known anti-white reconquista screwball.

  • JackKrak

    This was back when enough white people still voted for the Democrats to give them a shot at winning anything.

    It’s different now.

  • MekongDelta69

    Gov. Moonbeam and his boys were brought into the ‘back room’ (i.e. Reeducation/Indoctrination Camp) and schooled on what their ‘proper’ responses BETTER BE from that day on.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    This shows how far the restrictions the government and media have placed on speech in just four decades. The Liberal Jerry Brown spoke sense in 1975 and it was accepted by white people across the political spectrum as common sense. Today, anyone uttering Brown’s same words would be denounced by the media, politicians, and Useful a Idiot whites as a far right, hate-filled, xenophobic, racist. Now imagine how much more speech will be restricted forty years from now when whites are no longer the majority.

  • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

    I remember this event well and saw some of the first arrivals and what happened. One rather neutral experience was in the late spring when a friend and I went trout fishing on the Truckee River on the west side of Lake Tahoe. A car pulled up and a bunch of Vietnamese, a family it seemed, got out and were shouting with delight as they watched us catch fish after fish (we were doing well). After a while, they left. Later on, I read about the Vietnamese street gangs roaming L.A. Folks, this is when and how the new gang wars started. They were drug smuggling gangs. Soon, the Crips and Bloods came into being, but not before the Mexican gangs grew back in strength and combined their interests with the general declared aim of La Raza, which was to “reconquer” California and the Southwest for Mexico. Me and many other whites were driven out of California as we eventually got sick of having our homes and businesses robbed, our sisters, girlfriends and wives raped and everyone attacked and sometimes murdered. For me personally, it became impossible to do business ethically because the taint of Latino corruption was so deep by 2002, so I left. Now, I have a Vietnamese family living across the street. They park their numerous cars on their lawn and have made the Fourth of July a hated holiday on our block due to the bombs they set off (allowed in Washington State) for hours. (Got to stand by with a hose).

    Diversity, dismerchsity.

  • Pro_Whitey

    I disagree with the points of MD69 and Frank DeSchushin. I think Moonbeam was applying the same standards the left applies today, to wit, will the would-be immigrants be voting for Democrats? Their initial impression must have been that the boat people were likely to be tough anti-communists, and possibly Republicans, so they rejected them as too great a risk. Today they know that the browns coming across the border will break 70-90% for the Democrats, so they roll out the carpet. As others have said, if hispanics were truly natural Republicans, Schumer and Pelosi would be at the border with machine guns blazing at the border crossers.

    • Whiteplight sees the Emperor N

      Possibly, but you give these people more credit for political acuity than they might deserve and according to what you perceive from today’s conditions. Besides, they knew as I know that the Vietnamese that would be coming were deeply entangled in the huge net of corruption of South Vietnam that included drug smuggling. Have Amreners forgotten the huge element of corruption that that war developed into in so many ways, or are Amreners living in a kind of patriotic denial of historic reality? During the war heroin was being smuggled by the mafia via Air America (as a favor from the CIA for performing hits). Also, heroin was being smuggled inside the bodies of casualties that were being shipped back to places like Travis AFB by various officers independently. The Hell’s Angels were involved in moving it, too.

      Sources, “Acid Dreams” The Complete Social History of LSD, the CIA, the Sixties and Beyond.” The Pentagon Papers, “LBJ, Matersmind of the JFK Assassination,” “Back Fire,” among others.

      A good near to life film depicting a typical individual smuggling attempt is the late 70s film, “Who Will Stop the Rain?”

      With this sort of information well known at the time, especially among lawmakers, it would be no surprise that even McGovern was happy to see them stay in Vietnam and face the firing squads that in fact awaited them. These Vietnamese were the first of the new wave of gangs in L.A. (and so everywhere). I would think that any American politician then would have wanted to keep them out of their state (maybe even country). Letting them come was a major slip-up with consequences that reverberate right up to today in HUGE way.

    • Frank_DeScushin

      That’s a good point regarding Democrats being opposed to Vietnsmese immigration because the Democrats believed the Vietnamese would vote Republican. I hadn’t considered that point. I know that the immigrant populations that had first hand experiences with Communism at that time, namely the Cubans, did vote Republican because a Democrat rhetoric reminded them a bit too much of the Communist regime they fled. Florida’s Cubans have lessened that attitude over time to the point that they actually voted for Obama in 2012, but the Eastern Europeans who immigrated to the U.S. after the Soviet Empire fell continue to vote predominantly Republican because Democrats sound like the Soviets they fled.

  • M.Magog

    Remember when CA was white?

  • dd121

    Since Obama and Holder are openly violating their oaths and breaking the law, I’d like to see the various governors on the mexican border activate their national guards and repel the invaders by any means.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Jerry Brown will not be held accountable; he doesn’t even need detractors to cover up for him and he’ll be elected again, by a landslide. California is officially a one-party state/ While the Republicans made big gains nationwide in 2010, they made no inroads in California.

    California has been on a downward spiral ever since Gov. Moonbeam was elected governor in the ‘70s. Reagan left office with a huge budget surplus which Brown burned through and then some. Now California is buried in debt.

    Jerry Brown’s legacy in California:

    *Highest taxes (gasoline, sales and top bracket of income taxes)

    *Lowest bond rating

    *Highest poverty rate (at 23.5%, the home of 1/3 of those in poverty in U.S.)

    *Highest unemployment rate (tied with Mississippi and Nevada at 9.6%)

    *Highest energy costs

    *(Worst state to do business (as judged by Chief Executive magazine 8 years running)

    *Most cities going bankrupt

    Jerry Brown can say or do whatever he wants; it won’t make a bit of difference.

    • MBlanc46

      Jeez, that almost makes me glad to be living in Illinois.

    • Paleoconn

      The Governator was as bad. A RINO if there ever was one.

  • MBlanc46

    Things were a lot different in 1975.

  • Paleoconn

    Of course the Vietnamese are better off in Vietnam. That way, they are safely away from the evil White racists. Repeat for every race. Keep them away from the evil, racist Whites at all costs.

  • LHathaway

    “I think the Vietnamese are better off in Vietnam”.

    Out of the mouths of babes. . .

  • Dale McNamee

    It’s not surprising anymore that the Pukegressive/Libturd/Libtards who “care” are the most xenophobic,hypocritical cretins out there…

    It would be fun to confront them in public about their “anti-Vietnamese immigrant” comments and demand an answer…

    Also, I wonder why Mexicans/Lationos/Hispanics are more sacrosanct than any other illegal immigrants ?