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36 Cambodian-Americans to Be Repatriated


More than 120 protesters gathered in front of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Office to petition to allow eight Cambodian American who are facing deportation to stay with their families in Minnesota, Monday, September 26, 2016. (Courtesy of IKARE)

Since 2002, more than 500 Cambodians have been repatriated from the United States.

The Cambodian government has agreed to receive some 36 Cambodians who will be deported from the United States.

Since 2002, more than 500 Cambodians have been repatriated from the US.

General Khieu Sopheak Ministry of Interior spokesman, on Friday said interviews were conducted with 46 potential deportees several months ago and 36 were approved.

The deportations came as President Donald Trump tightened restrictions on immigration.

Am Sam Ath, monitoring manager at local rights group Licadho, said Cambodians deported from the United States would find it hard to adapt to their new surroundings and would require support.

“This is very necessary… this is what the governments have to discuss and the U.S. is a country that implements democracy. Thus, they must understand rights and freedom of the people,” he said.

Gen. Sopheak said the government was reviewing a draft agreement with the United States on deportation conditions.

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