Thirty Cambodians who had been residing in the USA have arrived in Cambodia after being deported beneath a U.S. regulation that enables the repatriation of immigrants who’ve dedicated felonies and haven’t turn into U.S. residents.
The group that arrived Wednesday is the newest to be despatched to Cambodia beneath a 2002 bilateral settlement. Greater than 500 different Cambodians have already been repatriated.
This system is controversial as a result of it breaks up households, and in some circumstances the returnees have by no means lived in Cambodia, having been born to refugees who fled to camps in Thailand to flee the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime that dominated Cambodia in 1975-79.
Cambodia, which has rocky relations with the U.S., informally suspended this system in 2017 however it resumed this 12 months.