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Deported by Biden: Vietnamese refugee leaving his family decades later in the United States

Thien Fam, 38, who escaped violence in Vietnam as a child, was sent back to a strange country because of his teenage beliefs. “America is my home” Tien Fam and his family came to California as refugees in 1996. Illustration: Guardian Design The passengers on the March 15 flight of Tien Fam were scared and worried. Some were distraught or denied. Many seemed to be lost. In the months leading up to deportation, 38-year-old California-based Fam wanted to be able to stay in what his family called his hometown since he was 13. That day, 30 other Vietnamese-Americans who were flying with him from Texas to Vietnam knew it was over. “I tried to accept it. I told myself I was just looking forward to it, without looking back,” Fam recalled three weeks later from his cousin’s apartment in Ho Chi Minh City. Fam is one of the thousands of people deported by the Joe Biden administration. Biden promised to cancel Donald Trump’s anti-immigration agenda and deportation aircraft, and issued some of the first executive orders to conquer the US Immigration and Customs Authority (ice). But for his first 100 days, he also maintains the controversial Trump-era rules of immediately expelling the majority of people arrested at the border and moves to lift it after public protests. Earlier we showed that we would maintain a historically low refugee cap. His deportation policy, which focuses on those who are considered “threats” to society, continues to wipe out refugees with old criminal records like Fam, even after the state of his hometown decides that it does not endanger public security. I will. Fam’s Vietnamese memory of surviving a childhood of violence is largely violent. He was born in 1983 and grew up in the aftermath of the Vietnam War. His father served the South Vietnamese military with the United States, was forced to work to survive, and was imprisoned in a rodent-eating “re-education” camp. His family from northern Vietnam is stuck in Ho Chi Minh City, and his parents warned him to stay home as much as possible. “Every time I went out or went to school, I was targeted,” Fam said. “The environment was very violent and corrupt.” At the age of 12, he was brutally beaten and robbed, he said. Fam was relieved when his family came to California as refugees in 1996 and resettled in a housing project for low-income earners in San Jose. However, despite his excellent school in Vietnam, he struggled with English and was late for class. “I was embarrassed and humiliated,” he recalled. Tien Fam and his parents were in Ho Chi Minh City before resettling in the United States. Photo: Provided by Tien Pham Faced with bullying and violence in schools and neighborhoods, he was involved in a local street gang and provided protection. This is the general story of Southeast Asian refugees who grew up in poverty in California. His parents worked for long hours in low-paying jobs and were often unaware of his struggle, including drinking alcohol at a young age. In 2000, at the age of 17, Fam was accused of fighting another young man and stabbing or injuring someone with him and his friends. Fam was arrested, charged as an adult, and convicted of attempted murder. Under strict judgment law, he was given 28 years. “He looked really young at the time,” recalled Cambodian refugee Shanton Van, who was imprisoned in the same prison 20 years ago and became like Fam’s brother. “He was scared. I showed him how to navigate the prison, how to stay safe.” Bun and Pham motivated each other to stay productive for years. And opened up about parallel childhood. “We spent a lot of time unraveling the trauma,” Van said. Van said the two were often joking to make the prison more bearable. “We grew up in prison together.” Fam earned multiple educational degrees and qualifications, assisted in teaching ethnic research programs, and worked in prison-run newspapers. Fam was granted parole in June last year after a new law was passed recognizing long-term harm to children. Several community groups promised to support his re-entry, he received strong support from prison officials, and the governor approved his release. On the morning of August 31, his scheduled release day, Fam’s family was waiting for him outside San Quentin State Prison north of San Francisco, preparing to take him home for the first time in 20 years. Was made. But Fam didn’t come. Tien’s 74-year-old father, Tufam, said in a Vietnamese email translated by her daughter, “I thought we would be back at the family dinner.” “We always believed that America was a country of hope … Things were hopeful until the day we expected Tien to be invisible at the Gate of Freedom. “We thought America was the country of hope.” Fam was one of an estimated 1,400 people who were transferred directly to Ice Agent by the California prison system at the end of last year’s ruling. Democratic governor Gavin Newsom faces strict scrutiny of the policy of voluntarily handing foreign-born state prisoners to Ice for deportation. Fam will also be released when San Quentin was fighting the catastrophic Covid-19 outbreak, and he and his family would not risk spreading Covid to ice detention facilities. The prison wanted him to go home. Van, also a refugee, was optimistic because he was released from San Quentin two months before Fam and was not transferred to Ice. Tien Fam was one of an estimated 1,400 people transferred directly to Ice Agent by the California prison system at the end of last year’s ruling. Photo: Courtesy of Tien Pham The two planned to eat a Korean barbecue, visit the beach, and go fishing when both were free. However, on the day of Fam’s liberation, Van arrived in prison and he soon recognized it as an ice vehicle. Fam thought he had heard stories of people staying in ice detention for years while fighting their case. to me. “Once under ice control, Fam’s green card was revoked. For the next six months, Ice shipped him to the United States, Colorado, California, and Arizona, Louisiana, and Texas. February, new Under the administration, Fam’s lawyer demanded humanitarian parole, but Ice responded with a total refusal. Despite a public campaign to stop the deportation of Fam and other Vietnamese refugees, he Fleeed in March. In February and March, when thousands were deported under Byden, Ice deported more than 6,000 during the first two months of Byden, which is about twice a month. Deported and showed a sharp decline from the Trump administration, which was pursuing deportation to anyone in the country without permission. Weiden initially announced a 100-day suspension of deportation. However, this policy made an exception for those who were considered “dangerous” to national security. The judge finally blocked a few weeks after the introduction of the moratorium. “The priorities for the provisional execution of ice focus on national security, border security and threats to public security,” a spokesman said in an email. However, these priorities still trap the vulnerable migrant community, including refugees criminalized as children under the then-advocated and strict criminal law of Senator Biden. Some asylum seekers have also been sent back to areas where they are facing serious violence, defenders say. Asian Law Caucus (ALC) and other California groups have spent 22 years in prison fighting for Gabby Solano, a survivor of domestic violence that the Biden administration is trying to deport to Mexico. ALC activists said they were particularly dissatisfied with the deportation of a large group of Asian refugees the same week Biden condemned anti-Asian violence. Proponents also argued that a felony conviction should not be a justification for deportation. “They are building a deportation policy as a public security policy. They are deporting people who are” imminent dangers, “” said Anoop Prasad, Fam’s leading ALC staff lawyer. “But it turns out that’s not true. California is releasing parolees who have clearly found that they don’t pose a danger … and still hand them over to ice to deport them. On a flight to Vietnam, Fam tried to comfort the people around him, including those who spoke little Vietnamese and said he had lived in the United States for decades. Some have recently been picked up by Ice and rejected. “They have really been lost … they have families, businesses, and the property they leave.” But he and others have not been given the opportunity to be vaccinated recently, He said he had encountered another detainee infected with Covid and was relieved to be released from ice control. “I just want to hug my parents,” Fam may not be able to come to America. Unless the Governor of California moves to pardon him, his deportation order effectively constitutes a lifetime ban, Prasad said. Meanwhile, supporters are campaigning for a California bill to end the transfer from prison to Ice and save people from deportation, and Biden may be convicted of deporting people. We are asking you to exercise your discretion. In Ho Chi Minh City, Fam said it was overwhelming to get used to being free for the first time since he was a teenager, while being banished from his family for thousands of miles. He was able to visit some of his relatives in Vietnam, but said he felt the city of Ho Chi Minh was almost unfamiliar. However, he recognized the corner where he was assaulted as 12 years old. Every day, I pray that Covid’s restrictions will be lifted and that he will become stronger to overcome his illness. That way, Tu Pham Pham may pursue teaching English, but for now, he’s just getting used to the technology he hasn’t used behind him. bar. Fam’s family wants to travel to Vietnam, but his father has recently become ill. “I hope that every day, Covid’s restrictions will be lifted, he will defeat his poor health and see Tien again,” his father told the Guardian. For now, he added, “We keep looking at Tien on the screen.” Fam said it is unlikely that the reunification of his family in California would ever happen. “I drew it many times … I always felt America was my hometown. My family, loved ones, friends, everyone is there,” he said, “to my parents. I just wanted to hug him and say, “Mom and dad, I’m at home.”

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