Of course California would go to the courts to BRING BACK an illegal that was deported for burglary.
Deported five years ago, Veasna Meth has had to watch his family grow – and grow up – in Sacramento from nearly 8,000 miles away.
But he never lost hope.
“I knew one day I would be able to get back,” he said Thursday at San Francisco International Airport upon his return from Cambodia after he was deported in 2014.
Meth, who moved with his family to the United States when he was less than a year old and grew up in Sacramento, was deported after having served time for a residential burglary he committed when he was 19.
“For me to get deported to a country I wasn’t born in, it’s crazy,” Meth said. “Growing up, all I thought I was, was a citizen. … Nobody ever taught me, ‘Hey if you commit a crime you’re going to get deported’ (until) it was too late.”
In 2008, when he was 19, Meth and a few friends decided to go through an open window of a house, Kim said. Meth later pleaded guilty to residential burglary and served a year-long sentence, she said.
When he was released the next year, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials picked Meth up, but an immigration judge ruled that residential burglary was not a deportable offense and he was released. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security, however, filed for an appeal of the decision with the Board of Immigration Appeals that was approved.
The new immigration judge determined Meth should be deported and issued the removal order in 2013. He was deported the next year.
You can always tell what side of the fence a newspaper is on by the slant they put on their stories. Ah yes, he didn’t commit burglary, per se, it’s just that he and a few of his friends decided to go through an open window of a house.
About 1,900 Cambodians currently live in the United States with deportation orders.
Kim said these refugees often have similar stories – their families struggled financially after moving to the United States, and the children felt culturally isolated from their American peers.
“A lot of them got caught up in gang relationships” or strayed toward crime, Lo said. “For people who didn’t have much, the temptation to take from other people was higher.”
“We don’t believe in defining someone by one action they committed in their late teens, and part of it is, they fully served their sentences,” Lo said. “Everyone who commits residential burglary does their sentence and is released; the only difference is they’re not citizens.”
Like Meth, Tem said that growing up in the United States as a long-term permanent resident, he did not consider himself a non-citizen. “I thought I was normal,” Tem said. “All that rhetoric about, ‘We’re going’s to deport immigrants’ … I never thought I was an immigrant.”
Forgive me if I do not care to hear the sob story. If anything the sob story only strengthens the case of why we need to have tighter immigration standards. What do you think these families that are struggling to get by do when they get here? Welfare for sure. And yes, burglary and other crimes often times. At best, if you can call it that, they’ll get a job under the table, not pay taxes on that money, and take away a job from an American worker. Some of that money will probably be sent to their real home instead of injected back into the American economy too. I guess that’s a step up from committing further crimes. I guess.
And OF COURSE you will feel culturally isolated from your American peers when you do not speak the language and offer no skills to contribute to the country you just moved to.
The situation of many of these refugees is sad, no doubt. But the solution is not to let hoardes of them into our country to suck off the government tit, commit crimes, and further break down any semblance of unity or American culture, whatever is left of it. Simply put, America cannot support the entirety of the 3rd world. It will be dragged down with it. California is lost. The court system is a joke and an enemy of the American people, clearly preferring non-Americans over actual citizens of this country with their continued actions to obstruct any sort of justice against those who should not be here in the first place and undoing actual justice against those who were tried and deported. Yes, it is sad that a kid who was brought here when he was 1 had to be deported. But ignorance to the law is no excuse. You are not a citizen here so you really do not have a say. And shame on your parents for putting you in that situation in the first place. True refugees should go through the process legally, rather than abuse our laws and expect to have compassion for their careless and cavalier behavior.