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My Cousin Runs ICE. He’s Killing the Same American Dream Granted to His Own Parents.

The lie at the heart of the Pham family ‘pass to freedom’

In August, my mother forwarded me an email. “Trump administration taps Vietnam refugee as new ICE chief,” it said. I opened it, and learned that my cousin, Tony Pham, had just been appointed to lead U.S. Immigration and Customs…




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Philippa Hughes

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Creating space for conversations to transform society. Exploring what it means to be American. Recovering lawyer, public speaker, art fanatic

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