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 round of interviews took place in York, Pennsylvania in early May 2018, and a deportation flight with around 30 Cambodians left at the end of August 2018.
ICE detained around sixty Cambodians in September 2018, and they were interviewed at the Krome Detention Center in Miami, Florida.
A deportation flight with 46 Cambodians has been confirmed for landing in Phnom Penh on December 19, 2018, so the flight will leave the United States around December 17, 2018. ICE is expected to begin transferring detainees in the next two weeks. Family members of detainees should be notified that they can drop off a 40-pound bag of possessions for their loved ones. If you are not given a bag drop notice, please contact a deportation officer.