WAUSAU — Recent reports that the Trump administration is pursuing agreements with Laos to coordinate the deportation of some Hmong residents is prompting concern and confusion within the central Wisconsin Hmong community. At 10 a.m. today, March 5, Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Route 51” host Shereen Siewert welcomes Chai Moua of Stevens Point and Yee Leng Xiong of Weston for a discussion on the potential impact the action could have on individuals and families throughout the region. 

Moua is a Portage County supervisor who works for Freedom Inc., a nonprofit organization that helps secure legal protection for people at risk of deportation. Xiong is the executive director of the Hmong American Center and serves on the D.C. Everest School Board, the Village of Weston Board and the Marathon County Board. In January, he was appointed to the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Board of Directors, an organization that provides advocacy, training and legal services to communities in the state.

“Route 51” is heard Thursdays at 10 a.m. on The Ideas Network stations 101.3 & 91.9/Wausau, AM 930/Auburndale-Stevens Point, 99.1/Stevens Point, 100.9/Marshfield, 90.3/Park Falls, 89.1/Adams-Wisconsin Rapids, and 89.9/Rhinelander-Eagle River. It is re-broadcast Fridays at 7 p.m. on 90.9/Wausau. Program archives are available at wpr.org/route51.

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