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Dori Cahn & Jay Stansell

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Chapter 16: From Refugee to Deportee: How U.S. Immigration Law Failed the Cambodian Community

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From Refugee to Deportee: How U.S. Immigration Law Failed the Cambodian Community
From refugee to deportee: How U.S. immigration law failed the Cambodian community
DoriCahnSeattle, Washington
JayStansellOffice of the Federal Public Defender for the Western District of Washington-Seattle

Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 1975. The victory of the Khmer Rouge over the ruling Cambodian government ultimately created an unprecedented migration of Cambodian refugees to other parts of the world. For 4 years, the Khmer Rouge brutally corralled the entire population of Cambodia into rural labor camps, emptying all of the cities and attempting to eradicate all traces of education, skill, and culture. Nearly a third of the country's population died during this time. With the Vietnamese invasion in 1979, thousands of Cambodians fled across the border to Thailand. Many spent ...

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