Release the Minnesota 8 (M8)!

Most current updates can be found at this link here.

Last week, 7 Minnesotan Khmer families, who were detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) this past summer, were abruptly transferred to a detention center in Arizona and are scheduled to be deported to Cambodia at the end of this month. One of them has a Stay of Removal and others have pending applications. They are currently held at the Florence State Processing Center in Arizona and could be flown away by the end of the week.

Please call your congressperson and senators to DEMAND that these individuals are released, as well as immediately flown back to Minnesota for due process. We also want to demand that our senators and congress person haul all deportation in ALL communities. Here is a script that you can use while calling: https://tinyurl.com/releasemn8

Find your US Senators: https://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/
Congressional District Reps: http://www.house.gov/representatives/find/

While you are calling on Thursday, please post pictures of you and your folx phone banking on social media with the hashtag #releaseMN8 and#not1more

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Hello, I am_________from city, state, and I’m calling to urge you to stop the deportations of Cambodian-Americans nationwide, and immediately in Minnesota. Right now, Cambodians in Minnesota are about to be the first wave deported to a country they barely know. Most have never stepped-foot in Cambodia and hardly speak the language.

Last Tuesday (March 14), 7 Minnesotan families were surprised to find out that their loved ones were abruptly transferred to a detention center in Arizona to be deported to Cambodia at the end of this month. These Minnesotans were not allowed to see their families or their attorneys even though some have pending cases that could change their immigration status.

One of these men is Chamroeun Phan, A# 027-325-952, who has been granted a Stay of Removal and is waiting to hear from the immigration court about his “motion to re-open” his case.

Sameth Nhean (A# 027-737-992) and Posy Chheng (A# 027-756-111) were preparing their Stay of Removal applications, but were transferred before their interview, a required step in the process.

They are all currently held at the Florence State Processing Center in Arizona and could be flown away by the end of the week.

I am demanding that you do what you can to ensure that these individuals are immediately flown back to Minnesota for due process.

These individuals came to the US as refugee children. These men are loving husbands, fathers, brothers and sons and their families need them home. Their families endured war and violence in Cambodia and I believe it is wrong to deport them.