Last updated on: 1/30/2017 | Author:

May 23, 1975 – Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act Admits Displaced Vietnamese, Cambodians, and Laotians

“The ill-fated war in Southeast Asia officially ended with the retreat
of the United States in 1975. With this withdrawal, however, came
immense responsibility for the hundreds of thousands of Vietnamese,
Cambodians, and Laotians we had recruited in the war against communism.
Indeed, many of them paid a fearful price when South Vietnam fell and
American protection disappeared. In partial recompense, the United
States began a refugee program to admit some of the populations [an
estimated 130,000 people] displaced [into the United States].”