Letter to Congressional Committee Chairmen Transmitting Report on the Status of Indochina Refugees.
Dear Mr. Chairman:
In accordance with the provisions of the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act of 1975, I am reporting to you on the status of refugees from Cambodia and South Vietnam.
As this and my previous four reports show, remarkable progress has been made in the resettlement of the Indochina refugees since my April 18, 1975 establishment of a Federal program. Some 130,000 refugees were evacuated from Indochina and resettled in the United States before the end of calendar year 1975. The task of providing the Indochina refugee the assistance necessary to his becoming a self-reliant member of his new community has begun and continues. Many refugees have already successfully made the transition into American life. Substantial numbers, however, require financial, medical or educational assistance and this is being provided through private and public efforts.
Knowing the hopes and aspirations of these newcomers to our country and the demonstrated support of the American people, I am confident that progress will continue to be made.
GERALD R. FORD
Note: This is the text of identical letters addressed to the Honorable James O. Eastland, Chairman, Senate Committee on the Judiciary; the Honorable Peter W. Rodino, Chairman, House Committee on the Judiciary; the Honorable John J. Sparkman, Chairman, Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; the Honorable Thomas E. Morgan, Chairman, House Committee on International Relations; the Honorable John L. McClellan, Chairman, Senate Committee on Appropriations; and the Honorable George H. Mahon, Chairman, House Committee on Appropriations.
The report is entitled "HEW Task Force for Indochina Refugees, Report to the Congress, June 15, 1976."
Gerald R. Ford, Letter to Congressional Committee Chairmen Transmitting Report on the Status of Indochina Refugees. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/257620