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Stop Deporting Khmer Refugees

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About 8 individuals in Minnesota have been detained at the end of August. They left Minnesota on September 7th, 2016 via plane, stopping in several states to collect other Khmer people. Families were told they are being routed to California to meet with the Cambodian Consulate. After their interview, they are to return to Minnesota and wait. 

Ched Nin is one of the Minnesotans that was detained. He is a gracious man who loves unconditionally. He is a child, brother, husband, father, uncle, neighbor and friend, all who know him, know he is a gentle soul. Ched Nin needs to be home with his family, he cares for his children, parents and people in the neighborhood and community. He does not hesitate to volunteer and makes himself available to people when they ask. He is a good citizen, that contributes well to the United States and should remain in the United States with his family. He is a hard worker and works for the Carpenters Union. His goal was to someday start his own construction business, America prides itself on small business ownership and the opportunity to the American Dream for all people who have determination to try. Ched tries so hard and provides very well for his family. 

Deportation of Refugees is wrong and needs to be stopped! Immigration reform from 1996, stripped people of their status who have done a crime from misdemeanors to felonies. Ched Nin served his time of 2 years for the wrong he did in his past. He takes accountability for that wrong and has completely changed his life. He should not get a lifetime punishment (double jeopardy) and be deported back to country that he has never been to and his family had fled. He was born and lived in refugee camps in Thailand and the Phillipines, before arriving to the United States as a child at the age of 6 years. 

He is a family person, who intentionally tries to bring a smilie to the faces of people he encounters because he cares and wants to bring happiness to every person he meets! 

Please Call you legislator to support my husbands stay HOME, in the United States!

I am calling to urge LEGISLATOR NAME to do all you can to Stop the deportation of Ched Nin (A# 027 748 975). I urge LEGISLATOR NAME to visit with the family personally. Ched Nin is a good person. He has 5 children and a wife, who are all US citizens. He works with the Carpenters Union and takes care of his family, including his elderly parents. Ched Nin came to the United States at the age of 6, as a refugee and has lived here for 30 years. Ched Nin is American, please do not deport him to a country that he has never been to.

Brief Educational Information about Cambodian Deportations

For the last two decades, the federal government has been pursuing an enforcement-first approach to immigration that prioritizes mandatory detention and deportation. This last administration has deported more than 2 million individuals, and this number continues to rise.

In November 2014, President Obama announced an Executive Order that expands relief beyond Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals to provide nearly 5 million people administrative relief from deportation. This expansion is being challenged in courts and therefore delayed in launch. Even with this relief, millions of families will be left out and still face separation and deportation. The Department of Homeland Security has intensified raids in immigrant communities, deporting thousands of community members, some of whom qualify for relief.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has intensified raids in immigrant communities, deporting thousands of community members, some of whom qualify for relief.

The impact on Southeast Asian refugee communities is often neglected in this massive deportation machine. 2015 marks 40 years since Southeast Asian refugees were displaced by militarism and war and began resettlement in the US. Decades later, people are being deported back to countries they fled or have never stepped foot in.


1965-1973 - Years of bombing led Cambodia into the hands of the rising, genocidal leadership of the Khmer Rouge
1970s - Due to war, political upheavals and genocide, a mass influx of Southeast Asians took refuge in the U.S. 
1975-2002 - About 1,146,650 Southeast Asians were resettled in the U.S. To deal with this massive influx, the Office of Refugee Resettlement was created in 1980.

Most families were resettled into inhumane conditions in impoverished neighborhoods where Southeast Asian refugee communities were vulnerable to poverty, crime, violence, structural disadvantage, racism, discrimination, and profiling.

Across the country, law enforcement agencies labeled Cambodian communities as “gang infested,” and over-policing of Cambodian communities led to racial profiling, police brutality, and high incarceration rates—higher than any other Asian ethnic group in relation to the size of the Cambodian population. 

1996 - US passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). These laws expanded “aggravated felony” to include offenses that are neither aggravated or felonies under criminal justice law, but lead to deportation under immigration law. Deportation for “aggravated felonies” also became permanent with no right to return and was applied retroactively, leading to double jeopardy. 

2002 - US signed a Repatriation Agreement with Cambodia—without transparency, insight, or accountability to the community impacted—and began deporting Cambodian- Americans.

Resource: SEAFN

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