On the American Hmong and the Secret War Documentary
I have a great deal of interest on the Hmong people of Laos who fought for their homeland alongside our American forces against the Communist Lao and Vietnamese armies. So when I came across a CNN special I was excited, enthralled and then enraged as the current political undertones immerged.
The host was a very huge black man who learned what we would call “on-the-job-training” or OJT about who the Hmong were, where they came from and how many of them ended up in Minnesota and other places as refugees. Although many of those presented in the documentary were descendants, the focus was on two families who either fought against the oppressors or escaped as children of those who fought.
My interest is that of one who has met several of the local Lao refugees and a Cambodian refugee family here in Colorado, the Hmong are still being sought out by the Laotian military, not as a tribe, but representing the Americans who fought against them during the war and into the mid-1980s. Even today there are places in Laos where foreigners are forbidden to go due to the continual hunt for and the extermination of the remaining Hmong people.
Let me be clear I have never crossed over the Mekong River into Laos and am a bit apprehensive that I would be detained or never seen again, but that’s just me.
The documentary started out with a man In St. Paul, Minnesota who escaped as an 8 year old child, carrying his brother on his back as his family spent 45 days walking out of Laos and into a refugee camp in Thailand. After 4 years in the refugee camp, he and his family were able to come to the USA and into what is not the Hmong area of St. Paul. I saw a bit of Hmong culture, dress, food and the importance of family, as well as the extent of one man’s method of taking his American born children back to Thailand for an educational experience of a life-time so that they too would come to understand the Hmong culture and the importance of taking care of family and each other.
The last portion of the documentary introduced Hmong politicians and entertainers in the St. Paul area. I was caught off guard (remember it was a CNN documentary) but still the blatant attack of whites and of President Trump in particular as referring to the misinformation of the “Trump Muslim Ban” (which never happened) and on to the South as the black’s “secret war” going on today in America. The Hmong city council member even boasted of his banning of Trump from coming to St. Paul. The documentary trailed off with a political spiel about American troops doing the same thing around the world today of creating and/or maintaining other secret wars. By this point I had stopped watching and even erased the recording I had been making of it for future watching (which won’t happen).
What we all can learn from this documentary and as it pertains to immigration is this.
There is a huge difference from refugees who flee political or religious persecution and apply for acceptance in the USA and are ultimately accepted. They come here and work hard to become successful while taking care of their families and maintaining their cultural history which is passed on through their children.
Take the massive and orchestrated waves of migrants who bombard our border with fake claims of asylum and are turned loose inside our country, many never to be seen again when their immigration status is scheduled before an immigration judge.
Legitimate claims for asylum are normally initiated outside the US, in a safe haven (the first country they encounter after leaving their homeland). The Hmong refugees were taken in at a refugee center in Thailand while they were processed in almost all cases it took years.
There are procedures to be followed for the orderly flow of migrants and/or refugees into the USA. The deliberate flooding of people to the US border is in fact an invasion. Immigration is not a right by any means, but a privilege. Nobody has the right to demand or expect to be admitted into any country they are not a citizen of.
As one who is married to a foreign born national who is now a US citizen, having gone through the process for citizenship, I know full well what legal immigrants bring to this nation. They don’t abandon their culture, but work hard to insure their children become productive members of our society.
All the racial division must stop. It is perpetuated not only by politicians, but exploited by the media at the expense of everyone. Merit based immigration is the only way to insure that everyone brings something to the table of contribution in our society. – I am the Real Truckmaster!