"I hope I will get all previous criminal records removed and be issued a green card to continue living in the U.S.," said Tung Thanh Nguyen, one of the three Vietnamese Americans who were facing federal removal orders, but received pardons from California governor Jerry Brown on November 21. Tung arrived in the U.S. as a refugee when he was just 13. Three years later, he was convicted of murder and robbery after engaging in a hotel fight that ended in the death of another man. He was sentenced to 25 years in jail though he was a minor. While serving his sentence for the 18th year, he risked his life to save 50 people in a prison riot that earned him an early release in 2011 under the Governor Brown’s clemency policy, the Los Angeles Times reported. At that time, Tung thought he would have the opportunity to start a new life. However, he received a deportation order from the U.S. government in October 2011 because he has not yet a naturalized U.S. citizen. He was held in … [Read more...] about Vietnamese American resumes chasing the American Dream
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In particular, the executive order which temporarily bars immigrants and citizens from several countries with Muslim majorities from travelling to the US has become not only a hot topic for the US but has also raised questions for the world on the value of the “American dream” in the context of the new situation. In recent days, the US has continued to witness a fierce legal battle between the executive branch and the justice system regarding the temporary ban on certain entries to the US decreed by President Trump on January 27. President Trump has called for refugees to be denied entry into the US for 120 days, with refugees from Syria indefinitely prohibited, and for citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries—Syria, Iraq, Iran, Somalia, Libya, Sudan and Yemen—to be denied entry for 90 days. On February 7, a federal appeals court in San Francisco, California, conducted a hearing to consider whether to restore President Trump’s immigration order or … [Read more...] about Unsteady “American dream”
VietNamNet Bridge - The billionaires all have huge assets in the US, and their names are well known in the US, which has the highest number of billionaires. Hoang Kieu, according to Doi Song & Phap Luat, is the richest Vietnamese-born businessman in the US. He has assets worth $3.8 billion, ranking 149th among 400 richest people in the US and the 847th on Forbes’ billionaires’ list. Kieu, 71, is now vice president of Shanghai RAAS Blood Products, a plasma manufacturing firm. Well known as one of the 17 American immigrant success stories mentioned in Dan Rather's book The American Dream, Trung Dung now has $1.8 billion, though three decades ago, in 1985, he arrived in Boston with just two dollars in his pocket. Dung was the founder and technology director of OnDisplay. In 1999, he sold OnDisplay for $1.8 billion. After that, he became the founder and CEO of Fogbreak Solutions. His life story has been profiled in many leading publications including Forbes, … [Read more...] about Vietnamese-born billionaires respected by American
BINGHAMTON, New York, April 4, 2009 (AFP) - Residents of this small northeastern US city were in shock Saturday after a lone gunman massacred 13 people at a local citizenship center before taking his own life. Police said the slayings took place on the main floor of the American Civic Association (ACC) in Binghamton, 135 miles (217 kilometers) northwest of New York City. The gunman, reportedly of Vietnamese origin, had block the back door of the center with his car, entered the building and opened fire. Dozens more people spent four hours cowering in the center's basement, waiting to be told by police that they were safe to leave. Local police chief Joseph Zikuski said that there were "14 confirmed dead in the building" and that he had "very good reason to believe that the shooter is among the dead at the scene." "We removed safely 37 people. Four people we removed are wounded," Zikuski told a news conference. All four are listed in critical condition. Zikuski said that the emergency … [Read more...] about Binghamton in shock after 14 die in immigrant center massacre
Applicants line up outside the US consulate in Ho Chi Minh City on May 28. Photo by Tuan Anh If one were to take a tour around the premises of consulates in Ho Chi Minh City, one would easily notice that the United States Consulate always attracts the largest number of applicants, waiting from dawn in the longest queue of them all, just for an interview. Understandably, the recent reports on US visa scam (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130606-catching-up-with-the-vos.aspx) and (http://www.thanhniennews.comhttp://www.thanhniennews.com/index/pages/20130531-the-big-visa-scam.aspx), in which the former Head of Non-Immigrant Visa Department, Michael T. Sestak, secretly sold each visa for tens of thousand dollars, have sparked public outrage. But the fact remains that he would not be a successful visa salesman if there weren't many Vietnamese people willing to buy them at any cost. This raises a disturbing question: why are we Vietnamese so eager … [Read more...] about An American Dream or a Vietnamese mirage?