As Trump's crackdown on immigrants with criminal records continues, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has summoned a group of Cambodian refugees who are expected to be detained and after that deported.
The minimum of eight Cambodians in the Bay Area will on Wednesday appear before deportation officers at ICE headquarters for issues regarding past crimes. Before the month runs out, many more will be detained and deported across the US, local advocates said.
Many of these crimes were committed as far as decades back when many of the summoned Cambodians were still teenagers.
They deserve another chance
Majority of these immigrants came to poor regions of the US after fleeing from war and other crimes in their home country. In a bid to fit in, following being assaulted as immigrants, they engaged in a variety of crimes including drugs, murder, and driving under the influence which cost them years in prison and visa cancellation.
Despite their criminal records, immigration attorneys in the US believe these immigrants deserve to be given another chance having been through the rehabilitation process after acknowledging their wrongdoings and are now a valuable part of the country.
Some countries are refusing to receive their nationals back, but President Trump is bent on sending these immigrants back and is doing all he can to get the countries to cooperate. ICE supported the current administration's stand by saying that all countries are legally bound to receive their citizens when deported from other countries.
ICE revealed that the Cambodians can still present their cases before an Immigration judge as permitted by federal law.
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