Debt to Society Served, Cambodian-American Now Faces Deportation
For Ros David, life in America has become an uphill battle. He is facing deportation under a US law he says is unfair and out of date. Like many Cambodian refugees, he failed to become a citizen. He fell into crime and committed murder as a young man, serving 19 years in prison for the crime. Under US law, that means he can be deported to Cambodia, a country he barely remembers. He taught himself Khmer in prison, but that does not make the change any easier. “Basically, it’s a death sentence,” he said of the potential deportation. He will leave behind his son, and his mother, when the deportation process is complete. Until then, he is living in California and working for an advocacy group called One Love Movement, which is trying to change the US policy leading to deportations like his. VOA Khmer's Men Kimseng interviewed Ros David recently in Washington DC, where Ros David visited with the One Love Movement.