Forty-three Cambodian citizens who have been convicted of crimes in the United States arrived in Phnom Penh on Thursday.
A senior immigration police official old Khmer Times that all 43 Cambodians arrived at Phnom Penh International Airport around 7:30 am
Upon arrival, they were brought to waiting minivans and driven away with the immigration police officers.
According to Keo Vanthan, spokesman for the General Department of Immigration, there are 43 people, including 3 women.
David Josar, spokesman for US Embassy, said the returnees were subject to lawful removal orders issued by a U.S immigration judge.
“We appreciate the Government of Cambodia’s cooperation in the removal process and its willingness to meet its obligations under
international law to accept the return of its nations who are not eligible to remain in the United States,” he said via email.
From 1975 until the end of the 20th century, more than 145,000 Cambodian refugees were accepted into the US, along with 42,000
non-refugees, part of an influx of Southeast Asians displaced by war.
ICE spokesman Bendan Raedy did not respond to email for comment, but he said in late November there were at least 543 travel document
requests pending with Cambodia, stretching back to 2008.
More than 1,900 Cambodian nationals living in the United States are subject to a final order of removal, of whom 1,412 have criminal