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tv   Forced Back To Cambodia  Al Jazeera  October 1, 2017 7:32pm-8:01pm AST

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serving nine years for a bush robbery attempt at a las vegas hotel in two thousand and seven you're up to date those are your headlines stay with us one a one east is coming up next we'll see you in just under half an hour's time. they did the crime and they've served their time but the u.s. is deporting hundreds of cambodians who've been released from prison. some of those deported to the u.s. as baby lane the camaro rouge genesis are. steve check
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out this episode one of the nice finds out how the deported are surviving in a land they hardly know and it's the families they've been forced to leave behind. love. it's the cold that soon see chang whites for every day. look so big. it's the only thing connecting him to his wife and infant son who were thousands of miles away. on a day. it has grown to. see has never met his little boy stan and. he hasn't been able to see his wife allison
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since she found out she was pregnant to sort of the runaround house. i'm going to. just a year ago alison and percy when living the american dream. they were madly in love and had just married in rural minnesota. a matter of the summer of forty. two friends i didn't even know they were cambodians until i met him i just i just thought they were you know asians they just chinese i had him. i guess our first real date was like the minnesota state fair. and that's where he proposed to me was . the best time of my life being married at her wedding. two weeks off to their wedding alison discovered she was pregnant we were both
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really excited and happy we just. since we had had a miscarriage once already. we were excited. actually i have a baby. but the young family was about to be torn apart a few days off to their honeymoon he was detained by u.s. immigration officials. when he was just fourteen was convicted of second degree murder in a robbery gone wrong at the time he was the youngest person in his county to be tried and convicted as an adult he spent more than seventeen years in prison for
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his crime and was released in two thousand and twelve. people do make mistakes and when he was younger. he service time. off a better person. when percy and his family arrived here as refugees and nine hundred eighty six they didn't realize that they needed to apply for citizenship almost ten years later conviction made him a target for deportation because he was still a permanent resident a citizen. just five days after his son was born was put on a one way flight to cambodia why did this have to happen. things. will have a. why would they do this to us.
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while allison's husband posi is trapped in a country he's never been to before. is struggling to raise the baby on my own. i wish that i could have the name of the holding room where you know something at least before you left but you know i mean we like talk like video. i mean i don't know if like the baby knows that that's who is father and yet he gets to see him.
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hung up. well and one day i'll be able to actually hold him. hopefully no rep recognize me keep video chat. it is hard to live. life goes on. the world doesn't stop me.
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thousands of immigrants like her say have been told will be deported from the u.s. because they've committed crimes their fences vary from violent felonies like murder to simple misdemeanors like property damage the one thing these cases all share are the shattered lives they leave behind. seventeen and a half years as a racial one punishment. and now being deported a country that i know nothing about nothing now the punishment i rather do present our. posi says he has nothing but regret for the crime he committed a crime he says his wife and son are now being punished for. deeper more for you know what i did was. really really bad but can i change you have no. connection to the way i am now yes
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i could use that to better myself and i help others out so they don't follow some people change i'm not going to say all but the ones that do change and can make a living and give them back. they deserve to stay. back in rural minnesota allison says she knew about her husband's past but in jail she says he turned his life around he went to college in finished high school you know he got his barber's place and you know he he got on it anderson society and he became a better man he didn't do crime after crime crime after. allison now lives in a one bedroom low income flashed juggling a full time job and caring for his son she rarely gets to socialize but today
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she has visitors. oh my god oh my gosh she looks just like posing. like alice and these women have also had family members detained by us immigration they banded together to form a group called the minnesota i named after eight cambodian americans including posi who were rounded up for deportation in august last year we made one is only. one to choose brother chamar and pan has been in detention for more than a year now he's still fighting in the courts to stay in the u.s. so shorey just texted me and he said i just woke up for lunch i'm in lockdown so i can't call but tell allison that i'm praying for her and posey and their son and god bless them and our view. of
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a lot on the line yeah they can't go outside at this place. brother chamar and was convicted in two thousand and nine of breaking three windows in a bar he served just forty days in prison a judge ruled against his deportation earlier this year because of the hardship it would cause his family but the government is appealing they still want him out of the country. for the judge to have grant him relief now and see that he poses no threat for them to still continue to detain him is just really inhumane and unjust . i mean to me. i mean. want to says she worries most about charm rings wife jill and his five year old daughter layla. so like what about like you how are you doing. and spying. i don't really know what to say.
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today is the anniversary of gillian chemerinsky first day it's the only time in thirteen years that they've been a polish on this day i should have taken them a picture or a shot of like his card by his son ministers happy anniversary and how he. has hair and. seems happy playing with her cousin but mom to says her niece is suffering. you
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know the teachers have mentioned that she just has random bursts you know where she's just crying and wanting her dad and. and they don't know what to do. the only chamar is being held in a prison three hours from some pool minnesota where his family lives it's a long drive past fields and farms in america's corn belt. we've just arrived at the county jail with cham room is currently being held we're not allowed to take our cameras inside so we're waiting for him to call us on the far. oh. yes hi. in the pos th cameron has been moved from jail to jail he says he'll never get used to us.
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right. he's managed to keep out of trouble but says there are some things he confiscate. cell overlooks the prison parking lot his only window to the world.
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what's been the hardest part about being in custody and facing the steep. chamoun was just a baby when his family arrived in america refugees they were fleeing one of the world's worst genocides. between nine hundred seventy five and nine hundred seventy nine. million people died in cambodia under the command as the posse try to create a communist utopia. like many of the cambodian americans now being deported
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chandru was born in a refugee camp outside cambodia but he could still be deported. he shouldn't be deported to a country that he's never been he wasn't born in that country he's an american he's lived here all his life this is all he knows he is an american boy with me and what you. it's a point to is determined to prove she says her family didn't know the how to apply for citizenship when they were accepted here as refugees. today and other activists up bringing the fight to the white house. so we're standing up today not just among those who have been deported this year but the sixteen thousand who outline all orders to cambodia laos and now these protesters have traveled from across the country pushing back against what they call an anti
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immigration campaign of the by the trumpet ministration. we aren't disposable we are people we are human and this what's happening is tearing our families apart. it's a message that montoya and the other minnesota eight families are taking off the streets and into congress to convince politicians to stop the deportations first stop is republican congressman from his state jason lewis. a with. want to has just a few minutes to get her message across. so it's my brother that we're thinking when teeth he broke three windows back in two thousand and eight they released him after four days i could hear but behavior and now eight years later being picked up
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for deportation but i mean really when you saw men. our politicians really don't know what our what is happening to our people to their constituents. one in particular. asked me how this is happening. that really surprised me that the department of homeland security is doing things like this and our congress men and women don't even know that it's happening. in one government office off draw another the families tell these stories begging congress representatives in this stuff to save their loved ones. that were there was something that right now. because of the. first.
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this is on so many of us have been here since the early eighty's we love america that's that's who we are not not what we are like that. but the u.s. government does not consider him onto his brother or any of the deportees to be american because they didn't apply to citizenship. hi i'm cursed. while the government denied our request for an interview we did speak to matthew o'brien. the fact is that criminal behavior has consequences and if you're not a citizen of the united states one of those clear consequences is that you may be deported for six years o'brien was a lawyer for the u.s. immigration and customs enforcement agency commonly known as ice it was his job to
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deport felons i dealt with people who. had committed crimes ranging from terrorism to participation in organized crime to kidnaps and rapes to child sexual abuse these individuals were given one of the greatest gifts that a large segment of the world was to receive which is the ability to reside permanently in the united states and they watch that right through their own action . but many deportees and their families argue that america is their only home my brother is his identity is not in the crime that he committed. my brother's identity as in the man that he's become. he made a mistake and we acknowledge that he's made a mistake but he's also served his time. more than eight hundred cambodians have been deported since two thousand and two most with right now because of their criminal convictions. on traveling to cambodia's capital phnom
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penh to meet one of the difficulties minnesota father we see change. was. only a few hours. here is a long way from minnesota it's noisy it's crowded the signs are in the command language it's pretty overwhelming actually lose. posi is living on the fringes of this chaotic city. hi. hello there and i find him cussing a friend a skill he learned in prison to go on as a creole once he was released i have something for you from your friends and your wife. what is it. oh my.
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my tools. barber's tools are what i mean. i don't think i ever see you again. percy has been here for five months living in this halfway house run by n.g.o.s for deportees who have nowhere else to go. to have any family here no life blood family not that i know of. i born in a refugee camp in thailand. so i have no ties to cambodia you know. the says he tries to keep busy because being away from his wife and newborn baby is unbearable. but your baby like. he's a mini me but. from what i hear from you allison. he's a happy baby. wish i could be back here when the for myself to feel the smile or.
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the laughter you know for for me the man of the household another the breadwinner. i'm not there the support of others for my mother's family. percy says getting used to life in cambodia hasn't been easy everything from the food to the people feels foreign do you know what all this stuff to us. doesn't look like anything we have done i was in. a field i feel like on the floor and. i don't know what type of cars come over here and not accept it. when they find out you are deployed in. the back or he. definitely don't fit it. just says.
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despite the best efforts the distance is taking a toll on posi and allison's relationship. well i try to tell me i'm doing well and i try my best to hold it together because the breakdown. is determined to stay strong but other deportees have warned him that he needs to be careful there's alcoholism. drug a lot of guys lean toward to numb the pain to numb the loneliness the numb the. just the hurt. just to get away from reality and i've heard of guys committed suicide. i've heard of guys were. they just go downhill and get incarcerated here.
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and many others are clinging to the hope that one day they will be reunited with their families really understand that the suppress said now for the family is not so good they found an unlikely ally in the cambodian government which is now refusing to accept any more convicted felons until they agree ment with america is renegotiated the one in the us make my society over there they also. condemn the government why do you make these people come back to come and make them separate from their family but it's not compassion driving the cambodian government it's money the us has been paying cambodia nine hundred fifty dollars for every deportivo it takes but cambodia wants a high of fifty we need more more and more. money either to make those people can live. like the other people in the country so how much are you seeking in
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compensation per dollar. i can say that i hope that that the more the better the board a better. cambodia's stand has infuriated the u.s. but as the two countries the future of hundreds of families hangs in the balance allison and posi desperately want to be together but slowly they're losing hope it's like we're living two different lives. which. i do wonder you know how our son turn out. having his father here. you know he's going to talk. and. dad is. fifteen thousand
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