Cambodian refugees facing deportation

Asian Law Caucus attorney Kevin Lo yesterday said 45 Cambodian refugees convicted for crimes in the United States are facing deportation.

Mr Lo said the 45 were detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement last month and were flown from the Montgomery Processing Centre in Texas to California.

He noted that all 45 were men and they were interviewed by Cambodian consular officials for travel documents.

“If this raid is like prior ones, we expect ICE to return the detainees to their local detention centres after this week’s interviews end,” Mr Lo said, adding that the Asian Law Caucus is representing some of them. “We don’t know when a deportation flight is scheduled, but based on the past, we would expect around June or July.”

Brendan Raedy, spokesman for ICE, said via an email that there are currently 1,784 non-detained Cambodian nationals with a final order of removal in the US.
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