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Leon Vuong manages a store inside a Vietnamese supermarket on Buford Highway. He came to the United States more than 30 years ago with his family from Vietnam. He was 10 years old at the time.

“We were refugees, we were boat people,” he said. “We lived on a refugee camp, we went through all of that, and we made it here, and we have lived here, and we assimilated to the culture.”

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Immigrant and refugee groups are raising concerns about a proposal put forth by Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, along with Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, to reduce legal immigration. The proposal got the backing of President Trump Wednesday in a joint press conference with the senators.

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About a hundred people rallied outside a constituent event with Sen. David Perdue’s staff at the Henry County Farm Bureau in McDonough on Thursday.

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Many demanded a face-to-face meeting with Perdue, some holding signs that read, “You work for us” or “Where are you?”

Perdue’s staff say they hold mobile office hours routinely around the state to help constituents with issues like veterans’ affairs and social security.

Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., listens to a witness during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee's Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Transnational Crime, Civilian Security, Democracy, Human Rights and Global Women's Issues hearing on overview of U.S. policy t
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U.S. Sen. David Perdue from Georgia called the number of criminals who are in the country illegally a "national security crisis" at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Tuesday. 

Perdue cited a number from the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that opposes illegal immigration, which estimates there are more than 340,000 immigrants in the country illegally with criminal records. 

"I would argue that this is a national emergency. It's absolutely outrageous, in my opinion," Perdue said. "I don't think there are any innocent parties in this debate."