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ICE Targets Vietnamese and Cambodian Immigrants for Deportation

ICE Targets Vietnamese and Cambodian Immigrants for Deportation

Much of the Trump administration’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has focused on the Latino community, such as his constant references to building a U.S.-Mexican border wall and ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which is largely composed of Latino immigrants. However, immigration advocates are reporting that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents under the Trump administration are deporting unprecedented numbers of Vietnamese and Cambodian immigrants . This trend has sparked serious concern and worry for those individuals living in Asian immigrant communities. These communities and Asian immigrant advocacy groups have become more vocal about these issues, simply because the general public often does not automatically think of Asian immigrants as being involved in deportation proceedings. In response to the detention of various Cambodian immigrants, the San Francisco and Los Angeles chapters of Asian Americans Advancing Justice, along with law firm Sidley Austin LLP, have filed a class action lawsuit against the federal government seeking release of the immigrants whom they claim have been illegally detained. In December, a district court judge issued a temporary restraining order halting the deportation of these Cambodian immigrants until the court can consider the complex legal issues involved in the lawsuit. The majority of these Cambodian immigrants fled their native country in the 1970s, when the Khmer Rouge waged a genocide campaign that ultimately killed almost two million people. While some of these immigrants have prior criminal convictions, the U.S. nonetheless have allowed these individuals to become lawful permanent residents in many cases. Since Cambodian government historically will not accept deported individuals back into its country, other Cambodian immigrants have remained in the U.S. on supervised release. Whether you are a Vietnamese or Cambodian immigrant or come from another background altogether, the current political climate has resulted in a much greater risk of detention and deportation for all undocumented immigrants. At Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., we are dedicated to protecting the rights of detained noncitizens and working toward their release from detention. We know how to evaluate your case, explore your options, and provide you with the strongest defense against removal possible. Contact your California deportation defense attorneystoday and set up an appointment to speak with our legal team.

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