Cambodia signed a repatriation agreement with the U.S. in 2002. Since then, about 800 people have been deported from the U.S. to Cambodia. The deportations picked up speed in the fall of 2017, when the U.S. cut off visas for certain high-level Cambodian government officials until they start cooperating with U.S. deportation policy. Cambodia will not issue a travel document until after interviewing a person. Cambodian officials travel to the U.S. each year to conduct interviews at a detention facility. ICE carries out raids targeting Cambodians with removal orders in preparation for the interviews each year. There are about 1,900 Cambodians with removal orders in the U.S.
A nationwide temporary restraining order currently requires ICE to send written notice to some Cambodians two weeks before re-arresting them. If you were previously released from detention after being ordered deported and have not failed to check-in or picked up other charges since being released, you should be included in the class action.
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UPDATED: April 3, 2019