Bring Skye & Alaysia's Daddy Home

Chhoy Noun was detained April 18th after years of living in the U.S. as a lawful permanent resident. He responded to a phone call sent by ICE to come into their office in Saint Paul, MN, and at this moment, his and his family's world turned upside down. He was detained…

We need your support for legal fees, processing fees
and the tremendous expense of attempting to undo this in the short window of opportunity we have. There is a legal way out. We can file a Motion to reopen his case and process a Motion to vacate his conviction.  Unfortunately, we have lost half of our income and are in need of assistance from our friends and family. We sincerely appreciate any help towards the goal of bringing Chhoy home that you can give.

Please contribute to helping us stop Chhoy Nuon’s deportation and share this to others. 

Chhoy is a gracious man who loves unconditionally. He is a son, brother, husband, father, uncle, neighbor and friend. All who know him, know he is a caring, passionate father. He is a family man, who brings a smile to the faces of people he encounters because he cares and wants to bring happiness to every person he meets!  

He cares for his children, his parents and people in the neighborhood and community. He does not hesitate to volunteer and makes himself available to people when they ask for his help. He is a good citizen that contributes to his community and should remain here with his family. Separating families is wrong and needs to be stopped! Immigration reform from 1996 stripped people of their status who has committed a crime, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. Chhoy served his time for the mistake he made 22 years ago and has never looked back. He took accountability for it and has completely changed his life. He should not get a lifetime punishment (double jeopardy) and be deported back to a country that he has never known. He was born in a refugee camp where he lived a life of poverty until he was 4 years old. His family fled Cambodia to try to start a better life.

Chhoy didn’t have the money for the citizenship process when he was younger and after serving his time for his mistake, it was too late to try.  He lived under the belief that as long as he remained law abiding and worked hard, he could retry in 10 years for his citizenship. This is a myth.  

He has made strides to change his life around for the better. It has been more than 2 decades since his crime and he has paid his time and dues for his mistakes. Chhoy has since rehabilitated and today, he has two beautiful children – Skye and Alaysia, both honor students and in many extracurricular activities.  Please help bring their dad home.


Brief Educational Information about Cambodian Deportations
For the last two decades, the federal government has been pursuing an enforcement-first approach to immigration that prioritizes mandatory detention and deportation. This last administration has deported more than 2 million individuals, and this number continues to rise.

The Department of Homeland Security has intensified raids in immigrant communities, deporting thousands of community members, some of whom qualify for relief.

The impact on Southeast Asian refugee communities is often neglected in this massive deportation machine.  2015 marks 40 years since Southeast Asian refugees were displaced by militarism and war and began resettlement in the US. Decades later, people are being deported back to countries they had fled or have never stepped foot in.

Timeline
1969-1973 - Years of bombing (escalated by Henry Kissinger) in led to the destabilization of Cambodia destabilizing it and creating the conditions for the rise to power and genocidal leadership of the Khmer Rouge. 
1970s - Due to war, political upheavals and genocide, a mass influx of Southeast Asians took refuge in the U.S. 
1975-2002 - About 1,146,650 Southeast Asians were resettled in the U.S. To deal with this massive influx, the Office of Refugee Resettlement was created in 1980.

Most families were resettled into inhumane conditions in impoverished neighborhoods where Southeast Asian refugee communities were vulnerable to poverty, crime, violence, structural disadvantage, racism, discrimination, and profiling.

1996 - US passed the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act (IIRIRA) and Anti-Terrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA). These laws expanded “aggravated felony” to include offenses that are neither aggravated or felonies under criminal justice law, but lead to deportation under immigration law. 

2002 - US signed a Repatriation Agreement with Cambodia—without transparency, insight, or accountability to the community impacted—and began deporting Cambodian- Americans.  US Aid to Cambodia was in jeopardy for the Cambodian government who took a harsher position than Vietnam who will not accept anyone who arrived in the US prior to 1995.  Cambodia has only recently started accepting deportees most of a gang affiliation background, Chhoy Noun has NO gang affiliation in his past or present. Low level felonies and misdemeanors now are inclusive in the "round-up" of Vietnam War refugees from Cambodia.
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Organizer

Betty Khakham-Nuon 
Organizer
Savage, MN