Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

FRIDAY FORUM: IAN BAIRD – CANCELED

March 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Sponsored by the Center for Southeast Asian Studies,
the Hmong Studies Consortium, and the Asian American Studies Program

Considering Present-Day Concerns about the
Possible Deportation of Ethnic Hmong
and Lao People from the U.S. to Laos

Ian Baird
Director
Center for Southeast Asian Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison
INGRAHAM HALL, ROOM 206
NOON – 1:30PM

 

Recently there has been considerable concern regarding efforts by the US government (the Trump Administration) to pressure the government of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic to accept ethnic Hmong and Lao deportees from the United States. The US is proposing to permanently deport those who came to the United States as political refugees decades ago—mainly as young children—and were later convicted as US permanent residents of felonies in the United States. In the past, the Lao PDR government has refused to accept these potential deportees, but the US government appears to be stepping up efforts to coerce the Lao government into doing so. If the Lao government agrees to the US proposal, this could lead to large numbers deportations, tearing families apart and leaving those deported in precarious circumstances in a country that they do not know. In this presentation, I consider the circumstances surrounding present-day community concerns about possible future deportations to Laos. I also reflect on the impacts of past deportations of ethnic Khmer people from the US to Cambodia based on similar circumstances. I argue that such deportations should not take place, and that they would violate fundamental human rights.

Details

Date:
March 27
Time:
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Organizer

CSEAS
Phone:
608-263-1755

Venue

206 Ingraham Hall
1155 Observatory Dr.
Madison, WI 53706 United States
+ Google Map
Phone:
608-263-1755