The Hmyth Of The Hmong


[Peter Brimelow
writes:
OK, we


promised
to give our running Hmong joke a
hrest! But reader mail was decisively in favor
of it.]

We are always told that the
reason Hmong tribesmen are being resettled to the U.S.
is their service in a

secret CIA army
during the

Vietnam conflict
.

The army was so secret there is no
U.S. government information on who actually served in
it.

Indeed, the only person who knows
who really served in the

secret army
is the secret army`s leader, one

General Vang Pao.
He was recently in the news when
his son`s

McMansion
in St. Paul, Minn was firebombed during
ongoing

Hmong inter-clan violence.

OK, so we don`t really know who was
in the army. But can we get an idea of how many
were in the army? 

Ten thousand is the number most
often cited by experts.

But we`ve

resettled
no less than 130,000 Hmong refugees
in the U.S. (The community has since grown, according to
the last census to an estimated 186,000—and that`s
probably an undercount.) So have we fulfilled our
obligation to our secret allies?

Well…it turns out there are
still
some secret soldiers in need of rescue from a
refugee camp in Thailand. So this year the U.S. agreed
to move another

15,000 Hmong
to America under the

refugee program

Over 60% of this group was born
more than 10 years after the last

American left Vietnam.
Better to call them the grand
nephews and great grand children of the army vets.

In fact, only 1,900 of this latest
refugee group are over 45 years old. And that 1,900 is
about half female. Which leaves less than 1,000 who
could have served with the U.S. in any capacity during
the Vietnam War… possibly.

Of this 1,000 or so, a State
Department spokesman would only say that some of
these may have served.

So it`s very likely, but alas,
unverifiable, that only a few hundred of the 15,000 had
any relation to a secret army that fought with the U.S.
during the Vietnam War.

But at least we can say we have
done right by refugees in Southeast Asia before moving
on to other refugee crises in the Middle East and
Africa, right?

No. Sorry, all new refugee flows
will be in addition to current flows—not instead
of current flows.

According to

Arthur Dewey
, Assistant Secretary of State for
Population, Refugees and Migration, the bureau which

sets refugee policy
for the U.S., the

President
has a "steadfast commitment to a
vibrant,

diverse
and

secure
refugee resettlement program."
 

Speaking before the Senate
Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security
and Citizenship, Mr. Dewey—a Bush appointee!—said
his agency is set to "realize the President`s
commitment to grow the program—even in the

challenging environment
after 9/11." 

Using the good offices and
recommendations of the U.N. and federal government
contractors, his bureau will be "identifying other
populations in Southeast Asia in need of resettlement"
—along
with groups from virtually every corner of the globe.

During his September 21, 2004
report before the Subcommittee, Mr. Dewey explained that
last year the refugee program was

"at a
crossroads. We had two choices: limit the size and scope
of our program, allowing the program to wane; or mount
the most extensive and expensive rescue operation in the
history of the U.S. refugee admissions program.  Of
course we

chose the latter
."

Of course he chose more
refugees! 

The

Refugee Industry
will always choose

more refugees.

And this won`t be the last we hear
of

secret armies
 (and maybe black helicopters) to
justify it all either.


Thomas
Allen (
email
him) is a recovering refugee worker.