A Ho Chi Minh City court on Tuesday sentenced Bui Le Viet Khoi, 36, former sales manager at the auto division of city-based Duong Dong – Sai Gon Joint Stock Company, to three years and seven months in jail for smuggling cars into the country. His accomplices, five Vietnamese Americans, Dau Ngoc To, Han Quang An, Vo Thi Huyen Trinh, Nguyen Duc Thang and Nguyen Minh Hieu, were fined VND300 million ($12,800) each. The leaders of the smuggling ring, who have been identified as Helena Pham, Mai Thi Ai and Nguyen Nhat Linh, all Vietnamese Americans, are absconding. Police are searching for them and planning to take them to court later. As Vietnam allows a Vietnamese American to bring along one used auto without having to pay any import tax when returning to Vietnam, Helena Pham got Khoi, who she met while he was studying in the U.S., to hire Vietnamese Americans to run her auto smuggling ring. Khoi had the police in Vietnam forge a series of papers, including fake documents for … [Read more...] about Five Vietnamese Americans fined for car import fraud
By Sen  May 14, 2019 | 02:38 pm GMT+7 Ninety six people have been indicted, half of them undocumented Vietnamese immigrants, in a major sham marriage scam in Houston. Photo by Shutterstock/Tropina Irina A sham marriage ring that helped Vietnamese to immigrate to the U.S. has been busted in the American city of Houston. Vietnamese American Ashley Nguyen, 53, the alleged kingpin, ran the operation from a house in southwest Houston which was raided, local news website Khou reported on Monday. Trang Le Nguyen, 45, an attorney, has been charged with obstructing justice and tampering with witnesses, victims or informants. Federal officials claimed at a preliminary court hearing that the people going through the sham marriages never intended to live as husband and wife. The police said at the house they found fake wedding photo albums along with other items used to facilitate the marriages. Ninety six people have been indicted, half of them undocumented Vietnamese … [Read more...] about 50 in custody in Vietnamese-American sham marriage scam
Remarkably, the Trump administration — in clear violation of a 2008 agreement reached under President George W. Bush — would also deport thousands of Vietnamese refugees who arrived in the U.S. before July 12, 1995, the date the U.S. and Vietnam established diplomatic relations. The agreement acknowledges that the great majority of Vietnamese who arrived in the U.S. before 1995 were refugees — and onetime U.S. allies — from South Vietnam fleeing retribution and persecution from the Communists who took control in 1975.After pushback by the Asian-American community and Democratic lawmakers, the Trump administration appears to be backing away from its initial aggressive stance on deportation. That’s due in large part to Vietnam’s unwillingness to repatriate large numbers of refugees or amend the 2008 agreement. But that doesn’t mean that those already detained by the Department of Homeland Security, or the approximately 1,500 Vietnamese-Americans … [Read more...] about Vietnamese-Americans help Texas and the country thrive. So why is Trump targeting them for deportation?
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — “Đi Trong Cuộc Đời” (Passing Through Life), a music album featuring latest songs written by Vietnamese-American musician Vũ Thành An, 76, has been released in HCM City. The album consists of eight love songs praising the beauty of Vietnamese women, their humanity and optimistic soul. The songs include Tình Yêu Cho Giầu Có (Rich Love), Giai Nhân Từ Ái (The Beauty of Humanity), and Hôm Nay Em Mặc Áo Mới (Today You Wear New Clothes). All songs are performed by businesswoman and songstress Chu Thị Hồng Anh, who co-wrote three songs with An, including Đi Trong Cuộc Đời, Chỉ Có Hạnh Phúc Vĩnh Viễn Thôi (Happiness Forever), and Có Một Thời Một Đời Mà Thôi (One Time One Life). “I am honoured to chosen by composer Vũ Thành An to … [Read more...] about Vietnamese-American musician releases new album
Viet Nam News HCM CITY — An album of works by late Vietnamese-American composer and singer Trần Thiện Thanh, a famous artist in the south before 1975, has been released in HCM City. The album Một Ngày Ta Được Yêu (One Day I Love) features 11 songs about love and women, and shows the artist’s love for life. The work features singer Đức Tuấn who has more than 18 years of experience in the industry. Tuấn worked with his producer, composer Thanh Tâm of HCM City, on production. “I love folk elements in music by Trần Thiện Thanh. His music has infused a passion into me. I decided to remix his music in soul and jazz for my album. I hope my work encourages young fans to listen to and love Thanh’s music," said Tuấn. Tuấn said he was confident he could win over Thanh’s fans, including singers, musicians and music critics. … [Read more...] about Album of music by late Vietnamese-American composer released