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Minnesota lawmakers seek more money for Hmong citizenship law

Washington Post - July 24, 2000, Monday

Three Minnesota lawmakers have written to Attorney General Janet Reno and Immigration and Naturalization Service Commissioner Doris Messner, seeking to get more funding for a recent law which makes it easier for Hmong veterans to become U.S. citizens.

The law, which was pushed for a decade by Rep. Bruce Vento, D-Minn., waives the English-language requirement for Hmong and Laotians who were recruited by the CIA in Laos for covert military actions.

Vento joined fellow Minnesota Democrats Rep. Martin Sabo and Sen. Paul Wellstone in urging for more money.

"We are concerned that INS officials lack the appropriate resources to fully implement this important law," they wrote. "We strongly encourage you to promptly provide additional administrative resources for regional INS offices that serve large populations of Lao-Hmong."