Letter in Support of Sene Sem
To Whom It May Concern,

We are writing this letter to express our utmost support for Sene Sem. Sene was born in a refugee camp and was resettled into the United States when he was a child. His mother is a survivor of war and genocide. She has since passed. He has no living relatives in Cambodia and the only family he has is in Rhode Island.

Sene has had a troubled past and it should not be ignored, but we have to consider the environment and social-economic factors in his life. He has made mistakes and has taken accountability for his actions and choices. He was tried in front of a judge and jury for all his past crimes once already. Sene should not be paying for his mistakes for the rest of his life. He has already atoned for his mistakes and worked hard to rebuild a full and healthy life with his family. We feel that his detention is cruel and unusual punishment for his family and for him. After serving his time, he transformed his life. He became a homeowner and is the main breadwinner for his daughter, wife, and elderly mother-in-law.

This deportation will have tremendous long-term impact on the social-emotional development of his 10 years old daughter who is a U.S. citizen. Asia just entered the 5th grade this year in the Cranston School District. Only 13 days after beginning 5th Grade, her father was taken by immigration agents right in front of her. She was waiting for him, as she does every day, to greet her father with hugs. Mr. Sem’s detention is having a visible, and unnecessary, negative impact over his daughter’s life.

Mr. Sem’s family needs him and he is an asset to our community in this state. We, as communities and organizations, stand in solidarity with Sene and want him to be reunited with his family as soon as possible.

Thank you.

Sincerely,

The Alliance to Mobilize Our Resistance (AMOR)
ReleaseMN8
Direct Action for Rights & Equality (DARE)
Center for Southeast Asians
COYOTE RI
Sista Fire RI
The Collective
College Visions
Providence Student Union
Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence
Central American United Student Association at Brown (CAUSA)
The FANG Collective
Protect Families First
First Unitarian Church of Providence
March for Racial Justice RI
George Wiley Center
Zora Grace
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) RI
RI Womxn's Action Collective
The Woman Project
Resist Hate RI
Greater Love Ministries
Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM)
Brown Immigrant Rights Coalition
Uprise RI
Signs of Providence
Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education
Southeast Asian Studies Initiative at Brown
Latinx House at Brown University
Fieldsong Farm
Alpert Medical School Immigrant Rights Coalition (AMSIRC)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
VietLead
Families Against Deportation
International Alliance Church
Feminists at Brown
Mekong NYC
Khmer Girls in Action
Khmer Student Association
Light and Hope Methodist Church
BetterLivingSocialClub
Brown University Queer Alliance
Childhood Lead Action Project
HOPE AND CHANGE FOR HAITI
F.I.G.H.T.
Breakthrough Providence
ManForward
Asian American Resource Workshop
Rhode Island Socialist Alternative

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