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An Immigrant’s Tale, From Saigon In ’75 To American Entrepreneur

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By Francis Hoang: 

Forty years ago on April 23, with the fall of South Vietnam to the Communists imminent, my family was evacuated to the United States. About 130,000 other fortunate refugees came to America that spring after Congress and President Ford granted us special “parole” status and provided funding for resettlement. My family arrived with almost nothing—no money, no jobs, no college degrees and no clear idea of our future.

We embraced the opportunity provided to us and prospered. I am a Republican because I believe that in no country but America could I have so richly thrived, that no other country offers immigrants as much opportunity.

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Francis Q. Hoang currently serves as Chief Strategy Officer of Momentum Aviation Group (MAG) and as a Partner at Fluet Huber + Hoang (FH+H). He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Stimson Center.

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