During the 1960s and 1970s, America was involved in a war in Vietnam. Vietnam is located in Southeast Asia, on the Indochina peninsula. From the 1950s into the 1970s there was a great deal of conflict in the area. After the war, Vietnamese refugees started coming to the United States. During the 1970s, about 120,000 Vietnamese came, and hundreds of thousands more continued to arrive during the next two decades.
In 1980, the government passed the Refugee Act, a law that was meant specifically to help refugees who needed to come to the country.
Refugees come because they fear persecution due to their race, religion, political beliefs, or other reasons. The United States and other countries signed treaties, or legal agreements, that said they should help refugees. The Refugee Act protected this type of immigrant's right to come to America.
Right now, there are plenty of law-abiding, hard-working people out there who rise at dawn, do a decent day’s work and pump thousands into the local economy; yet have to live in constant fear of deportation. Many of them have kids, legally-working spouses and want nothing more than to settle down, pay their taxes and grow old comfortably like everyone else. And yet, the government is stopping them. Thanks to a technicality, these otherwise-ordinary people are forced to live in a twilight world of uncertainty and anxiety—one which it’s costing us billions to maintain; and for what? For a chance to kill our own economy, drive up violence and deplete our wages? Who the hell wants that?