8 Khmerican Criminals in Minnesota Are Fighting Deportation To Cambodia

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8 Khmerican Criminals in Minnesota Are Fighting Deportation To Cambodia

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Wed Mar 08, 2017 6:58 pm

Cambodia doesn’t want Minnesotans if it means splitting up families

Eight Minnesota men were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement almost six months ago, to be deported to Cambodia for various crimes they committed in youth.

In each of the cases, the men had never actually set foot in Cambodia, and have few remaining connections there. They had been born in refugee camps in neighboring countries to parents fleeing the post-Vietnam War Cambodian genocide. After the war, when the U.S. opened its doors to Cambodians who had aided U.S. soldiers, the men followed their parents to Minnesota.

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Re: 8 Khmerican Criminals in Minnesota Are Fighting Deportation To Cambodia

Postby CEOCambodiaNews » Sat Mar 11, 2017 2:50 pm

Cambodian Avoids US Expulsion While Others Await Deportation
March 10, 2017

A Cambodian man who faced deportation from the U.S. has been released from detention and returned to his family, while at least five others have been told they will be sent to Cambodia in the coming weeks, a U.S.-based advocacy organization said.

Ched Nin, one of the “Minnesota 8,” a high-profile group of Cambodians under threat of deportation, was released on February 24 after a U.S. immigration judge granted him a family hardship waiver, according to a statement by the Southeast Asia Resource Action Center released on Wednesday. The group said five of the eight had been notified of their upcoming deportation...

Full article: https://www.cambodiadaily.com/news/camb ... on-126374/

From the OP article :
Growing up, they faced poverty, racism, and gang recruitment. Each had gotten into trouble with the law and served time for their crimes. They were flagged for deportation, but because Cambodia did not have an agreement with the United States to accept deportees until 2002, there was nowhere to deport them.

Years passed, and the men became productive members of society. They married American women, raised American children, and provided for their aging parents.

In August 2016, the men, dubbed the Minnesota 8, were re-arrested because the U.S. government believed that diplomatic conditions with Cambodia were ripe for finally processing their deportation orders.
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