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In a Homeland Far From Home

Date: November 16, 2003
Author: Deborah Sontag
QUOTE: ...the Bush administration signed an agreement with Cambodia that allowed the repatriation of Cambodian nationals who had broken the law in America.... With those changes, nuance dropped out of the deportation system. Noncitizen immigrants and refugees became a class of American residents ineligible for forgiveness or even for individual consideration by our judicial system.

ABSTRACT: Under a new "repatriation" law signed by the Bush Administration, Cambodian refugees that have committed a crime can be sent back to Cambodia (and are being sent back). Advocates for the Cambodians note that many of those deported have been residents in the United States since childhood, have no life experience in Cambodia, and have been poorly educated in the United States. Cambodians rank near the bottom of the many refugee and immigrant communities in the United States in wealth and political clout.

--- Jessica Villagomez

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