Cambodians Fight Back as Deportations Escalate

Bangkok – Until last Friday, Soeun Neat had been tearfully preparing her children for their father’s deportation from the United States to Cambodia for a 20-year-old criminal conviction.

Her husband, Sear Un, had been detained under a controversial resettlement program that has seen hundreds of Cambodians who have settled in the United States — mostly refugees — deported for felony convictions since 2002.

It had been a miserable few months for the heavily pregnant Neat since Un was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on September 5.

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