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Protesters rally against deporting Cambodians with past convictions

Ten refugees living in Massachusetts have been ordered to report to ICE on Thursday

Asian American activists outside the Boston federal immigration courthouse Monday chanted for a halt to the deportations of Cambodians, a few days before 10 refugees living in Massachusetts have been ordered to report to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Saray Im, 44, of Lynn, is one of those 10 Cambodians who were served notices to head to an ICE detention center on Thursday. As a 21-year-old, Im was arrested on gun charges, and served three years in jail. Since then, he told about 100 people at the rally, he has become a husband and father, and has transformed his life.

“They just see the past, what you did back then,” Im said of ICE officials. “Now they take the piece of a puzzle away from a family.”

The Cambodian deportations have been happening since about 2002, when Cambodia agreed to begin repatriating refugees convicted of felony crimes in the U.S.

Follow story at: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/09/30/protesters-rally-against-deporting-cambodians-with-past-convictions/

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