As ICE cracks down on Cambodian communities, a mother says goodbye to her son

Immigration and Customs Enforcement is targeting long-time residents with criminal convictions, most of whom have lived in the US since fleeing the Cambodian genocide as children.

A few hours before he’s deported, Kouen “TJ” Hem starts working his way through a crumpled pack of Newports. “I’m about to smoke as much as I can before I go turn myself in,” he says.

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