December 15, 2016
To Whom It May Concern:
We, the undersigned individuals and organizations, write in support of canceling Lundy Khoy’s deportation order to Cambodia. Lundy Khoy was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents fleeing the war. She has never set foot in Cambodia.
was a year old, she and her family were resettled as refugees in the United States. In 2000, when she was 19 and a freshman in college, she was approached
by a police officer after a party, who asked her if she had any drugs. She truthfully told him she had several tabs of ecstasy but that she was planning on giving them to other people, which resulted in her arrest for possession with intent to distribute. Under the advice of her lawyer, Lundy pled guilty and was given a five-year sentence. Due to her good behavior, she was released after three months and placed on supervised probation. Lundy went back to school and began to work to get her life back on track. Toward the end of her probation period in 2004, as she began to excel at school and turn her life around, Lundy was detained by ICE and informed that she would be deported to Cambodia. With no prior warning, Lundy was incarcerated for almost nine months during her deportation hearings.
Since Cambodia did not issue the travel
documents necessary for deportation, Lundy was finally released. After working with a filmmaker to document her story in the short film, “Save Lundy,” she began to advocate in Congress for fair and humane deportation laws. She continues to share her story to educate lawmakers and the public to this day. In April of this year, Lundy received a governor’s pardon from the State of Virginia. Despite this, she continues to live in constant fear that she could be taken away from her U.S. citizen husband and 10-month-old son at any time.
Lundy has contributed so much to her community. She is a loving and devoted mother and wife, and a strong advocate. We believe that Lundy’s deportation order should be canceled. She should remain in the U.S. with her family so she can continue to contribute to the country that she has known and loved since she was one. Sincerely,
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