Representatives Budd and Rouda Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Honoring Montagnards

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Washington, June 11, 2019 | comments

Washington, DC -- U.S. Representative Ted Budd released the following statement regarding House Resolution 435, a resolution commemorating and honoring the sacrifice of the Montagnard people during the Vietnam War:

“During the Vietnam War, U.S. Special Forces soldiers partnered with Vietnamese tribesmen, known as the Montagnards, in their fight against Communism. Some 61,000 Montagnards fought side-by-side our soldiers in Vietnam's mountain highlands. These soldiers were tough, versatile, and reliable, and I am grateful for their brave service. Today, the Montagnards face persecution for their largely Protestant faith under communist rule in Vietnam. My resolution condemns this inhumane treatment and recognizes the Montagnards for all that they have done to assist us in the fight for liberty and human rights.”

Rep. Harley Rouda:

The Montagnards fought heroically alongside American forces in Vietnam. On countless occasions, they sacrificed their own lives to save the lives of their American counterparts. As retaliation, the communist government of Vietnam ruthlessly persecuted the indigenous people of its own country, and displaced them from their ancestral lands. It’s estimated that around 250,000 Montagnards were killed, and even more displaced. I call on my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join me in condemning the tyranny of the Vietnamese government’s human rights abuses against the Montagnards, and all people in Vietnam. I’m grateful for Congressman Budd’s leadership on this long overdue resolution.”

Rep. Alan Lowenthal:

“We cannot forget the courage and loyalty of the Montagnards who fought and died side-by-side with American troops during the Vietnam War. The Montagnards who came to the United States have become part of the fabric of our nation. However, those who remained in Vietnam continue to suffer persecution at the hands of the Vietnamese communist government, more than four decades after the end of the war. We owe these brave allies our every effort to pressure the Vietnamese government to halt these senseless human rights violations, and the opportunity to resettle here in the U.S.”

H. Res 435 was introduced by members of the Congressional Vietnam Caucus like Representatives Harley Rouda (D-CA) and Alan Lowenthal (D-CA). Representatives Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Ro Khanna (D-CA) are original cosponsors of the resolution as well.

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