He was deported to Cambodia even though a judge said he could stay, at least temporarily

Peck Loek recently lost her son and son-in-law to deportation to Cambodia. The U.S. in 2017 imposed visa sanctions against Cambodia to pressure its government to accept Cambodian deportees

At least one among 30 Cambodian Americans recently deported had been issued an emergency stay a few days later by a judge to prevent the action.

As a result, he was forced to leave Sunday even though he, at least temporarily, could remain, and he traveled to a country foreign to him, only with the clothes he was wearing, according to his attorney. The man came to the U.S. legally as a refugee and lived in California.

The man had received an emergency stay of removal Jan. 14, court records from the Board of Immigration Appeals show. But that was two days after he was sent out of the country, according to Kevin Lo, an attorney at legal and civil rights organization Asian American Advancing Justice – Asian Law Caucus. Lo said he confirmed with Immigration and Customs Enforcement about the man’s departure.

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