Two Cambodian refugees facing deportation back to the Kingdom for committing crimes in the United States have been pardoned.
Kevin Lo, an attorney with the Asian Law Caucus said on Tuesday that Cambodian refugees, Kang Heng and Hay Hov were granted clemency on Monday by California governor Gavin Newsom.
Mr Heng and Mr Hov are among about 50 Cambodian refugees being detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
“Governor Newsom’s pardons give us hope and we are thankful, but we will continue to urge him to do more to protect Cambodian refugees from deportation,” Mr Lo said.
The two men have been detained since March awaiting deportation. Mr Heng was convicted of 1994 robbery and Mr Hov was convicted of solicitation to commit murder in 2001, he said.
“It has been a huge effort from the Cambodian American community to push for these pardons, and we believe around 50 Cambodians remains in ICE detention around the country, and we expect a deportation flight in June or July,” Mr Lo said.