Bay Area Cambodians face deportation amid Trump administration crackdown
by KhmerLife on Mar 12, 2019
Hay Hov, a Cambodian refugee who's lived in the U.S. since 1985, is seen at the Khmer Buddhist Monks Center in Oakland. Hov is among 1,855 Cambodian nationals with a final removal order as of September.
A group of Cambodian refugees in the Bay Area received summonses to show up to ICE in San Francisco this week, where they'll be detained and likely deported as part of a push by the Trump administration targeting immigrants with criminal records.
At least eight local Cambodians were asked to report to deportation officers at ICE headquarters on Sansome Street on Wednesday, and dozens more are expected to be detained across the United States this month, according to local advocates.
It's the latest round of these deportations, as ICE cracks down on Cambodian refugees who committed crimes years or even decades ago, often as teenagers, that cost them their green cards and put them on a track to deportation.