Feature Articles

Inside Cambodia’s Community of American Exiles, by Katya Cengel, Pacific Standard
Fighting for Survival in a Foreign Homeland, by Rachel Bergen, MCC
Exiled From U.S., Cambodian Felons Use American Know-How To Get Ahead, by Katya Cengel, NPR
Cambodian-Americans Confronting Deportation, by Olesia Plokhii and Tom Mashberg, The Boston Globe Magazine
Foreign Homeland, by Matt Surrusco, The Cambodia Daily
Up To 200 Cambodian American Deportees Expected In 2018 As US Repatriates More Immigrants
Strengers in their Homeland: The KHMERICAN CAMBODIANS TRUMP Deported
Kicked out of the US, Cambodian migrants are sent to a home they’ve never known Read more
With pardons, Democratic governors try to halt immigrant deportations

Videos

My Asian Americana, Studio Revolt
Return to Sender: A Video Letter to the U.S. President, Studio Revolt
Deportation in US, forced Back to Cambodia, Al Jazeera
Cambodian Returnee's Orientation hosted by Thea Som
Meet the American Residents Exiled in Cambodia, Journeyman Pictures
Deported from U.S., Cambodians fight immigration policy, PBS NewsHour
Sentenced Home, Indiepixfilms
Never Be Home

For the first time in nearly 20 years, Hay Hov has a green card.

Hov, a Cambodian refugee from Oakland who was detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in March, has been freed from a facility in Bakersfield and is no longer at risk of deportation, his attorney said.

The Chronicle highlighted his story days before he and dozens of others across the U.S. were detained by ICE, amid an uptick in the arrests of Cambodians who committed crimes long ago and subsequently lost their green cards.

His attorney, Kevin Lo, had argued that a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the federal definition of a “crime of violence” put Hov outside ICE’s reach for deportation. Federal Immigration Judge Jaime Jasso, based in Imperial County, reversed Hov’s removal proceedings and restored his green card status in on April 25.

Lo was notified of the court order last week, and Hov was released the same day. He took a Greyhound bus back to the Bay Area.

“It feels like a dream. It’s like I’m in heaven,” said Hov during a phone interview Friday, minutes before speaking at a community rally at the state Capitol.

“I’m here to fight for others who haven’t been released yet,” he said.