It’s only been a few days since an Omni Air flight carrying 36 deportees, rounded up and detained by ICE earlier this year, landed in Cambodia. But already, immigrant communities in the Bay Area and across California are bracing themselves for more.
As the year comes to an end and the dozens of new deportees get acclimated to a country many of them had never set foot in, organizers are doubling down on their warnings to local Cambodian immigrants living in the country illegally, urging them to get documents in order, call family members and legal hotlines, and start setting money aside.
“The ICE raids are essentially happening every four months,” said Kevin Lo, an immigration attorney with the Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco, which works closely with Cambodians at risk of deportation. “We’re starting to warn people now.”