Tuesday, January 19, 2010
UNDATED (Midwest Communications) Wisconsin Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI) and Herb Kohl (D-WI) were among a handful of Senators pressing Laos on the safety of Hmong refugees. In a letter to the Deputy Prime Minister of Laos, the Senators asks the government to provide for the safety and well-being of the group of Lao Hmong who were deported from Thailand on December 28th of last year.
The bi-partisan delegation calls for the group to be provided food, water, shelter and medical care. In the letter, the Senators tell Laos the United States, as well as the international community, are watching the situation closely, saying they hope the government follows through on their pledges to allow access to the Hmong group to ensure they are receiving the support they need.
Joining Wisconsin’s Senators were Richard Lugar (R-IN), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Mark Begich (D-AK), Al Franken (D-MN) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI).