Anti-terror laws aimed at keeping terrorists out of the United States have disqualified many Hmong refugees.
The Hmong are the very people who only a few years ago received special recognition from Congress for their work as allies of US troops during the Vietnam War.
Under provisions of the new laws, the Hmong who fought alongside the Americans are considered terrorists and are therefore ineligible for asylum or green cards. 7 years ago, Congress had passed a law easing the citizenship requirements for the Hmong in recognition of their alliance with the US.
Advocates are seeking a change to the anti-terror laws this year.