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South Vietnam Refugees / Refugee Family Profiled / Temporary Refugee Housing #36973

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Apr 30, 1975
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(Studio) Secretary of State Henry Kissinger says overall total of South Vietnam refugees may be near 70,000. Congress to be asked to provide additional aid funds. By end of day, 3000 refugees to be at Camp Pendleton, California; additional temporary hsing. set up in Arkansas and Florida.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

(Camp Pendleton, California) Refugee Nguyen Dieu and family profiled. [DIEU - says he was sad upon leaving homeland but knew there would be trouble if he remained.] Dieu able to evacuate several family members because his sister in Virginia is United States citizen. [DIEU - knows his wife unhappy to have left her family behind, but thinks she'll feel better soon. Thinks family to leave here in 2-3 days.]
REPORTER: Stephen Geer

(Eglin AFB, Florida) Refugees arriving here to be issued Social Security cards. If refugees settle in area, hostility will be found. [Randal THOMPSON, Jean STEEL - voice some hostility toward refugees.] [Fort Walton Beach, Florida, Mayor Maurice McLAUGHLIN - says community concerned about its beaches, health conditions, etc.]
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

(DC) State Department admits plans for handling Vietnam refugees uncertain to say least. Govt. to rely heavily on church-affiliated volunteer organizations to help find new homes, lives, jobs for those refugees without United States sponsors. Vietnam come from vastly different culture and climate; adjustment problems almost certain to occur.
REPORTER: Roger Peterson

(Studio) President Ford says he ordered evacuation of Vietnam refugees to save them from being killed. Press Secretary Ron Nessen says President had moral authority to evacuate refugees.
REPORTER: Howard K. Smith

Geer, Stephen;
Peterson, Roger;
Smith, Howard K.;
Tucker, Lem

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