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Amerasians Lobby for Citizenship

AsianWeek, Posted: Oct 17, 2008

SAN FRANCISCO -- Some Amerasians, abandoned children born during the Vietnam War of American soldier fathers and Vietnamese mothers, are now lobbying for citizenship. The citizenship bill is sponsored by Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-San Jose. Vietnamese pop singer Tran and 21 other Amerasians went to Washington, D.C., for three days in July to lobby for the Amerasian Paternity Act. The bill would give Amerasians born during the Vietnam and Korean Wars citizenship without requiring them to pass tests in English. Most of them came to the United States 20 years after Congress passed the Amerasian Homecoming Act, which allowed children of American soldiers living in Vietnam to immigrate. They received eight months of government assistance, including healthcare, English lessons and some job training. Funding for the program ended in 1995.


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