The U.S. State Department and the Vietnamese State Department did not respond to requests for notice as to whether an intention had been filed, although an email from the State Department indicated that its press service would work on a reduced status in the middle of the government truce. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed in an email last month that a meeting had taken place between U.S. and Vietnamese authorities, but declined to give details. Interest groups expressed concern that the meeting did not focus on the agreement. In November, after Osius` resignation, Tillerson replied that « the status quo cannot continue » and that Vietnam must take back more deportees. The cable was verified by Reuters. These convictions gave him the right to be deported, but in 2008, Vietnam and the United States signed a bilateral immigration agreement stipulating that none of the Vietnamese immigrants who arrived before July 12, 1995 would return, even if they had a criminal record. This is the date on which the two countries formally began diplomatic relations. Last month, there were reports of a unilateral reinterpretation of the agreement by the Trump administration. Mariategue said the U.S.
government could claim to do so, but that Vietnam needed to cooperate in issuing the travel documents necessary for deportations. In fiscal 2018, the United States deported 122 Vietnamese nationals, a record in the past five fiscal years. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has previously said it did not follow the year in which people with final deportation orders arrived in the United States. « We understood that the agreement prohibits the expulsion of Vietnamese before 1995. Both governments – and the Vietnamese-American community – interpreted it that way, » Osius said in an email to The Atlantic. The Department of Foreign Affairs explained this to the White House, immigration and customs authorities. In his October 2018 judgment, Judge Cormac Carney wrote: « The government did not acknowledge that it violated the constitutional rights of these individuals by arresting them knowing that they could not and would not be deported to Vietnam… the government has expressly reserved the right to reissue all those it has recently published. « The case that the Trump administration has done is that we are sending these people back to their countries, » Osius told me in an October 2018 interview in the city of H.