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US-Cambodians in 279% deportation rise

A June report by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC) argued that tax dollars should be spent on the well being of US communities, including immigrant integration, rather than on the criminalisation and mass incarceration of immigrants and ripping families apart.

The report said that from 2017 to 2018, the Cambodian American refugee community suffered a 279 percent increase in deportations.

Inside the Numbers: How Immigration Shapes Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities provides demographic data on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) ethnic groups, discusses immigration pathways and offers an analysis of current issues and policy recommendations.

“Since 2015, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] has arrested nearly 15,000 immigrants from Asia. As of June 2018, nearly 5,000 Asian immigrants, including asylum seekers, were in detention,” the report said.

It said that approximately 92 per cent of Cambodian American immigrant seniors are limited in English proficiency, which impacts on their ability to access critical services.

The report acknowledged that the US has led the global initiative to accept refugees and asylum seekers by raising quotas during periods of international conflict.

“Recognising the Vietnam War’s devastating human impact, Congress passed the Indochina Migration and Refugee Assistance Act in 1975, which allocated funds for refugees to be transported to the US and for social and rehabilitation services for resettled individuals.”
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