A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spokesman, Brendan Raedy, said that as of December last year, there were 8,600 Vietnamese nationals in the United States subject to deportation and “7,821 have criminal convictions”.
The Trump administration has labeled the Vietnam government and eight other countries “recalcitrant” for their unwillingness to accept their deported nationals back.
The governments of the two countries are currently negotiating the return of the 8,600.
It is not unusual at all for Vietnamese to overstay there guest worker and other visas and illegally remain in countries, such as South Korea, Japan, the U.S. and more.
They illegally stay in countries all the time and it has been a continuing problem for decades, say Vietnamese experts.
According to ICE figures, 71 Vietnamese were deported to Vietnam last year, compared to 35 in 2016, and 32 in 2015.