Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - Nine new US deportees touch down in Kingdom




Nine new US deportees touch down in Kingdom

People in the US protest the deportation of Cambodian-Americans last year. A new group of nine deportees arrived yesterday. ikare
People in the US protest the deportation of Cambodian-Americans last year. A new group of nine deportees arrived yesterday. Ikare

Nine new US deportees touch down in Kingdom

Nine Cambodians deported from the US arrived yesterday in Phnom Penh, days after a US judge temporarily blocked a flight set to carry more than 50 Cambodian deportees to the Kingdom.

Bill Herod, founder of the Returnee Integration Support Center, said the new arrivals are not covered under that US court case, which is focused on Cambodians who were detained by US immigration in the past but subsequently released.

“All [are] delighted to be off the plane after two days in shackles . . . Much laughter and friendly conversation with clients new and old,” Herod said in a message.

The deportation program has been a flashpoint in US-Cambodian relations after the Kingdom temporarily stopped accepting new deportees last year, citing human rights concerns.

Most of those whose have been deported arrived in the US as refugees and have never been to Cambodia or learned to speak Khmer. Many were unaware they didn’t have citizenship when they committed the crimes that precipitated their deportation.

Ministry of Interior immigration official Dim Ra confirmed the nine deportees were among the group set to be deported this week.

According to Ra, the deportees had been convicted of a range of crimes, including drug charges and murder.

“All nine told us they don’t have relatives in Cambodia, so we sent them to the US Embassy and the Returnee Integration Support Center NGO to support them,” Ra said.

MOST VIEWED

  • CDRI poll: Most happy but disappointments still exist

    A survey has found that over 70 per cent of Cambodian youths and adults approve of the direction the country is headed in, with the majority of respondents saying they had been doing better financially over the past five years. However, more than half said they

  • Drugs raid on Miami Night Club, 50 held

    Anti-drugs police raided a club in Chamkarmon district’s Boeung Keng Kang I commune in Phnom Penh early on Thursday, arresting some 50 people and confiscating drug-producing equipment and suspected illegal substances. Deputy National Police chief Mok Chito said on Thursday that police conducted the raid

  • Phnom Penh: The street food you adore, but given a refined twist

    There is no shortage of street food vendors scattered across Phnom Penh, but what is far rarer is finding a place that also has comfortable seating, good hygiene and parking. This is where Jing Ling and her five friends step in. With the concept of

  • Battambang court releases minor who shot boy

    The Battambang provincial court on Thursday released a 14-year-old boy who had been detained for accidentally firing a home-made gun and killing a nine-year-old boy in Samlot district on Tuesday, provincial court spokesman Tieng Sambor said. Sambor told The Post on Thursday that following the