Cambodian Faces Legal Battle to Remain in US After Release From Jail

Phal Sok was released early, in 2015, for good conduct under an initiative aimed at aiding juvenile offenders, but was later detained by ICE for deportation to Cambodia under the rules of a repatriation agreement signed between the US and Cambodia in 2002.

Los Angeles – Phal Sok was not born in Cambodia and has never visited the country. He has lived in the United States for 37 years, almost half of which he has spent in prison. He never became a US citizen.

Sok is now facing a legal battle to remain in the United States, the only country he has ever known.

Sok says he has been in contact with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and requested his case be dropped, but expects he may have to take it to court.

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