CBS Evening News for Wednesday, May 04, 1977
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(Studio) With US-Vietnam talks in news, Vietnam refugees in United States are all but forgotten.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(DC) Problems of refugees coming into United States noted. Some said camps closed too quickly. [Refugee worker Wells KLEIN - says there was too much pressure to move refugees out of camps.] Department of Health, Education and Welfare reports to Congress with regard to refugees noted. [Kim Hoa GRANVILLE - would like to see refugee welfare money put into Labor Department to create jobs for employable refugees.] Cost to government of refugee programs noted. Language problem for refugees cited; fed. funds have set up English classes. Federal funds to refugees to end after September Even supporters of aid extension say it should be phased out in 2-3 years [Edward KENNEDY - doesn't believe government should get into same situation as it did with Cuban refugees.] Kennedy's bill would open way to citizenship for refugees, which would help them. Refugees' highest hopes are for children, who are said to be doing well. [Nguyen Van CHAU - notes older refugees miss own cntry., but are happy children have opportunities in US.]
REPORTER: Bill Plante