FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 15, 2022
Elaine Sanchez Wilson
WASHINGTON, DC – The Southeast Asia Deportation Protection Community (SEADDN) has realized that US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued a discover for arrest to a Cambodian particular person with an order of elimination and should resume deportations to Cambodia and start arresting extra individuals as quickly as this week.
The Biden Administration put out a reality sheet final month celebrating their accomplishments and assist of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) communities. Included in that reality sheet was a dedication to “slowing removals to Burma, Cambodia, and Laos.” ICE resuming deportations of Cambodian neighborhood members is in direct distinction to the general public dedication that President Biden and Vice President Harris made to AANHPI communities and, particularly, Southeast Asian Individuals.
In 2017, over 100 Cambodian Individuals all through the nation have been rounded up and detained over a two- to three-week interval. In 2018, ICE deported extra Cambodians than in any earlier 12 months. When threatened with deportations, Southeast Asian American communities face undue worry and uncertainty round their future and their households’ futures.
Deportations are state violence and one other side of anti-Asian hate. Two neighborhood members whose lives might be impacted by this resolution to renew deportations to Cambodia are Chanthon Bun and Tith Ton. They overcame traumas and errors of their previous and our communities now profit from their unbelievable work as neighborhood advocates, organizers, and leaders.
In SEARAC’s collection of anti-deportation PSA movies, Bun describes residing with an order of elimination as residing in limbo. “For me,” he says, “the long run is basically bleak. I can’t plan my future.” He doesn’t know if or when he can be pursued for deportation, or if ICE might present up on his doorstep one morning to take him away from his household and his work locally. “If we have been deported, our household wouldn’t be as completely satisfied as they’re now. We draw them collectively and the optimistic mindset we convey—that heals them and heals our neighborhood.”
In case you or a liked one has a last elimination order, preserve an eye fixed out for requests to report back to ICE or ICE coming to their houses. Equally, in case you are in contact with anybody already in detention, it’s possible you’ll wish to allow them to know that ICE might attempt to take away them on the subsequent flight. If attainable, they might wish to delay taking a elimination order. In case you want free authorized help or assist, name or textual content the Asian Regulation Caucus hotline at (415) 952-0413.
“Raids on Cambodian households are a continuation of a long time of displacement, first from our house nations, after which from our houses in the US,” stated Nancy Nguyen, Marketing campaign Director of the Southeast Asian Freedom Community. “For these of us who’ve rebuilt our lives right here, deportations are violent. They’re particularly merciless throughout a pandemic, when ICE detention facilities proceed to unfold COVID-19 each right here and overseas.”
Nate Tan, Co-Director of the Asian Prisoner Help Committee, stated: “America has a protracted historical past of criminalizing poor Southeast Asian communities. The Biden Administration is continuous a protracted legacy of separating refugees from their households. Deportation exacerbates systematic violence and trauma that the Southeast Asian neighborhood continues to endure.”
Be a part of SEADDN’s nationwide motion in our Week of Motion to #StopTheRaids! We can be internet hosting per week of call-in classes to demand that the White Home and ICE cease separating households. There can be organizations from completely different elements of the nation internet hosting digital classes every day as listed under though all classes are digital and it’s possible you’ll take part any area.
Tuesday, Feb. 15: West Coast Day of Motion
Wednesday, Feb. 16: Northeast Area Day of Motion
Thursday, Feb. 17: South Area Day of Motion
Friday, Feb. 18: Midwest Area Day of Motion
Extra data, together with a social media toolkit to advertise the Week of Motion, will be discovered at bit.ly/seatoolkit2022 and on SEARAC’s Fb and Twitter.
In case you can’t make one of many classes listed above, name the White Home at present to demand that ICE not deport any Cambodian neighborhood members. Remind them that the Biden Administration has lately celebrated its accomplishments in defending Asian American immigrants and refugees, and that the act of separating households and deporting neighborhood members is an unjust act of violence.
Name the White Home at 202-456-1111 and use the next name script (or write your individual):
“My title is ____ from (metropolis, state). I’m calling President Biden to precise concern over the deliberate deportations of Cambodian Individuals. Many of those neighborhood members got here to the US as refugee youngsters. Deportation is a double-punishment to people who dedicated crimes however have already served their time. They deserve justice and a second likelihood. Your administration lately celebrated that you just had decreased deportations to Burma, Cambodia, and Laos in the course of the first 12 months of the Biden presidency. I demand that ICE rethink these upcoming deportations and permit Southeast Asian Individuals to stay at house with their households and communities.”