Greetings from Chicago! As mentioned last time there will be no newsletter this week, but yesterday I had an important story published that I'd like to share in an abbreviated email.
This piece was a couple of months in the works, and it's now live on The Diplomat. It looks at how the Trump administration is pushing Vietnam to accept more deportees, something the country has been reticent to do in the past.
Most worryingly, some of these deportees include Vietnamese who immigrated to the US prior to 1995, in seeming violation of a 2008 agreement between the two countries stating that no one who arrived before that year would be deported.
Working on this led me to talk to people in California, Georgia and Saigon, and gave me a sense of how scared people in the immigrant community are. Some of the saddest aspects didn't even make it into the piece: the guy who was deported to the Central Highland and declined to tell his story since the local police are hounding him; or the guy in Saigon who initially agreed to meet, only to call me back asking for $50 since he was hungry and has no money.
Give it a read and let me know what you think.
(Also, it's come to my attention that the font size on mobile was quite small last week - I've increased the size, but if it's still too small please let me know.)