The district court in California suspended for temporary deportations Cambodians convicted of serious crimes.
About 50 people are due to be repatriated to Cambodia on Monday (18/12), according to court records. 19659002] Most escaped to America as refugee children during the Khmer Rouge regime atrocities in the 1970s, but never obtained full citizenship.
In the lawsuit, Cambodian lawyers argue that their clients will experience "a loss that is not can be repaired ", if they are returned to a country they can barely remember.
They asked for an opportunity to reopen the Cambodian immigration case so they could appeal the deportation order.
" We say arrest and include them to the plane before undergoing litigation here infringes on their rights, "said Jenny Zhao, one of the pe in the case, told the VOA.
Many of the prisoners were born in refugee camps outside Cambodia after their parents fled from the Khmer Rouge.
"Some of them have never set foot in Cambodia," said Zhao.
Friday (15/12) evening, US District Judge Cormac Carney in Santa Ana, California issued an order to stop deportation while reviewing their rights under the law. [sp/ii]