Over 100 people rallied at Hing Hay Park January 11 to oppose a new policy from the Trump administration that would allow thousands of Vietnamese refugees to be deported. This could include 1,000 people in the Seattle area •
Photo by Auriza Ugalino
via the International Examiner
Many Uch, a Cambodian community member at the march, has been fighting deportation for the past 22 years. “A lot of the Khmer folks that I know come from low-income neighborhoods and get caught up in the school to prison pipeline,” Uch said. “It was tough growing up – we’d get into trouble. Unfortunately, for most people when they get into trouble they don’t get deported, but for refugee communities, for immigrant communities, we get separated from our family.”
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Starting 1/7/19, another round of ICE raids on Cambodians will begin. We're expecting close to 100 arrests over a two week period across the country. Here's information on how to prepare:
Link to Anoop Prasad's tweet: @Anoop_alc TWEET
1) If you have a check-in coming up in the next two weeks, call or text us at (415) 952-0413. Leave a message and let us know the date of your check-in. We'll get in touch. Request your records TODAY: http://searaids.org/request-your-file
2) If you're going to a check-in, bring someone with you. Give them your keys, wallet, and phone before you go in. Write down or memorize important phone numbers. If you don't come out, have them call us right away. (415) 952-0413
3) Make sure that everyone in your house knows to NOT open the door for ICE. More information on your rights if ICE comes to your door are available at: http://searaids.org/know-your-rights/
4) Be wary of unusual cars lurking on your block. ICE uses unmarked American cars. Sometimes instead of knocking, ICE waits for people to leave for work to arrest them.
5) Even though this is terrifying, know that the community has your back. It's possible to fight deportation. #RefugeeResilience
In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo, Borey Ai poses for a photo at the Asian Americans Advancing Justice-Asian Law Caucus in San Francisco. Ai spent 19 years in prison before parole officials decided he'd turned his life around and he walked out of San Quentin in Nov. 2016 and into the waiting arms of federal immigration agents. Photo: Jeff Chiu, Associated Press
Unless the courts intervene, 37-year-old Borey Ai will probably be taken from his San Francisco home soon and deported to Cambodia, a country he has never seen, for a murder he committed when he was 14.
Ai is one of hundreds of Southeast Asian immigrants with criminal records who face deportation by the Trump administration, which has imposed or threatened foreign governments with financial punishment for refusing to accept them. But the immediate cause of Ai’s impending removal is an unexplained ruling by the California Supreme Court blocking outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown’s request for the man’s pardon.
A 19th century provision of the California Constitution requires the governor to gain approval from a majority of the court to grant clemency for convicts such as Ai who have at least two felony convictions. READ MORE