Sen. Chris Eaton responds to efforts to deport Hmong and Laotian citizens

Saint Paul, Minn — Sen. Chris Eaton (DFL-Brooklyn Center) joined a number of public officials opposing the Trump administration’s efforts to deport Hmong and Laotian citizens back to Laos. More than 4,500 Lao and Hmong Americans have an order of removal. Any repatriation agreement would be devastating to these communities. Of that, over 450 Minnesotans will be directly affected. Sen. Eaton released the statement below:

Eaton Statement:

“I am just sick of the thought of our citizens, our neighbors, our business owner, veterans, and our friends in the Hmong and Laos community facing deportation under the Trump Administration. Uprooting this community is a despicable act that shouldn’t be tolerated. The deportations of Hmong and Lao and other Southeast Asians are unjust and a betrayal of the United States’ duty to refugees. These Americans have put down their roots here and have lived here for years – they are an important part of the fabric of our lives. Most of our Hmong and Laotian citizens moved here after seeking refuge with their families as a result of American geopolitics in Southeast Asia. They should not have to deal with the fear that their families will be torn apart due to deportation from a short-sighted act from a president of a country they’ve grown to love.”

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Chris Eaton represents District 40, which includes the cities of Brooklyn Center and Brooklyn Park in Hennepin County in the Twin Cities metropolitan area.

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