New Report Highlights Human Rights Impact of Immigration Laws on Cambodian Americans

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This is a press release from the organizations described below

Leitner Center Releases Removing Refugees: U.S. Deportation Policy and the Cambodian-American Community

Washington, DC - The Walter Leitner International Human Rights Clinic of the Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School, the Returnee Integration Support Center (RISC) and Deported Diaspora announce the release of a new report, Removing Refugees: U.S. Deportation Policy and the Cambodian-American Community. The report highlights the human rights impact of our current immigration policies through the lens of the Cambodian-American community and is based upon interviews conducted in Cambodia with individuals who have been deported. The Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), a Washington, DC based advocacy organization, has long called for the restoration of fairness to immigration policies and values the important contribution of this report to the comprehensive immigration reform discussion. The report can be accessed below or at

Two 1996 Immigration laws, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) and the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) expanded the categories for mandatory deportation and eliminated judicial discretion from the removal process for all "aggravated felons."  The Cambodian American community, largely refugees who arrived in the U.S. in the early 1980s, has been hit especially hard by these laws following the signing of an expansive repatriation agreement between the countries in 2002.

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2010 Cambodia Report_FINAL.pdf