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MADISON - Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is asking the Trump administration not to make any plans to deport Hmong residents living in Wisconsin to Laos. 

Evers made his case in a letter to U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo, sent as fears grow among Hmong Wisconsinites after learning Pompeo met with Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith in January.

"Many Hmong people living in Wisconsin came here as refugees seeking asylum. As you know, Laos has a history of human rights violations," Evers wrote. "The Trump Administration’s veiled negotiations are sowing fear into Hmong communities across Wisconsin."

A new agreement between the U.S. and Lao governments could force Laos to accept Hmong residents the U.S. wants to deport, specifically people who are not citizens, have been convicted of certain crimes and have already been through immigration court, said Theresa Brown, director of immigration and cross border policy at the D.C.-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center.