The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency deported a total of 36 illegal aliens from Cambodia, a country that once refused to take their nationals back.
This week, ICE agents successfully deported 36 illegal aliens from Cambodia, 34 of which were convicted criminals. Those illegal aliens’ convictions included:
- Two counts of murder
- Two counts of attempted murder
- Voluntary manslaughter
- Accessory after the fact of a homicide
- Sexual assault
- three counts of sexual offenses
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated assault with a weapon
- Aggravated robbery
- Two counts of assault
- Auto theft
- Two counts of robbery
- Robbery with a gun
- Two weapons offenses
- Stolen property
- Five drug convictions
The deportation of the Cambodian nationals is particularly significant as Cambodia was one of a handful of foreign countries that had continuously refused to accept the return of their nationals. That was until President Trump directed visa sanctions on Cambodia, along with others, effectively getting the former non-compliant nations to accept their nationals.
“As a result of continued diplomatic efforts in coordination with our partners at the Department of State, the implementation of visa sanctions, and the tireless efforts of the ERO Removals Division, removals to Cambodia increased 279% from Fiscal Year 2017 to Fiscal Year 2018,” ICE official Nathalie Asher said in a statement. She continued:
However, there are still nearly 1,900 Cambodian nationals present in the United States with a final order of removal, of whom almost 1,400 are convicted criminals. This most recent removal flight took 34 criminals, many convicted of the most heinous possible crimes, off our streets and made our communities safer. We will continue these efforts to carry out lawfully issued final orders of removal, prioritizing as always the removal of threats to public safety.
The 36 illegal aliens were handed over to Cambodian authorities on Tuesday.