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South Vietnam Refugees / President / Congress / American Reaction #240304

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, May 06, 1975
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(Studio) President Ford disturbed by American backlash to resettlement program for South Vietnam refugees.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd

(White House) President meets with congress Republican leaders to discuss refugees. President says only 35,000 refugees expected in United States could be classified as heads of hsehold.; 60% of refugee group children. [Senator Hugh SCOTT - says President amazed by American reaction toward Vietnam refugees. President says he's damned mad about reaction.] White House mail running 3-1 against refugees settling in US. President expected to say more on subject at tonight's news conference
REPORTER: Bob Schieffer

(Capitol Hill) On Capitol Hill, mail overwhelmingly hostile to refugees. [Senator Robert BYRD - believes many Americans feel large number of refugees could have additional adverse economy impact on US.] Most labor and political leaders disagree with congress mail. [Senator Lawton CHILES - doesn't think United States can turn its back on those who chose to escape from Communists in South Vietnam.] [AFL-CIO president George MEANY - say United States nation of immigrants; if American turns its back, action contrary to American tradition.] State Department overflowing with calls from persons wanting to help refugees. [Refugee task force dir. Dean BROWN - doesn't think refugees being rammed down Americans' throats by government; citizens voluntarily ask refugees into their homes.]
REPORTER: Lesley Stahl

Mudd, Roger;
Schieffer, Bob;
Stahl, Lesley

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