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Arrest of Cambodian Opposition Leader Kem Sokha

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More disturbing news as it relates to US - Cambodia relations.

https://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2017/09/273808.htm

 

Cambodia arrested Sokha for "American-backed" treason.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/02/world/asia/cambodia-kem-sokha-arrest-hun-sen.html?mcubz=0

 

Now Cambodia is accusing the US of contributing to the Khmer Rouge.

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-08-24/cambodia-accuses-us-of-political-interference-calls-us-democracy-bloody-and-brutal

 

I am disturbed as to how this will affect human beings (both Cambodian and American) in the process of immigration. We the people are usually left in the cold when people fight over political power.


"Do not worry about anything, but in everything, by prayer and

petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, that is superior to every frame of mind, shall be garrisoning your hearts and your apprehensions in Christ Jesus."

 

Adjustment Of Status Journey

 

04/27/18: Filed for AOS(I-485), EAD(I-765), and AP(I-131)

04/30/18 : Package delivered to Chicago USCIS by USPS

05/7/18 : Email stating USCIS received the package on 04/30/18

05/12/18 : Received AOS, EAD, and AP NOA1 hard copies in mail

05/21/18 : USCIS app reports AOS RFE letter in mail

05/27/18: Received ASC appointment notice (Biometrics capture) and AOS RFE in mail

05/29/18: Sent doc requested by AOS RFE via USPS to USCIS. (2nd time I've sent this nfo. Sometimes USCIS lose things...Sometimes it's a stall tactic to buy time when they are sorely behind)

05/31/18: USPS delivered RFE evidence to USCIS

06/04/18: USCIS sent notice of receipt of RFE evidence via case status online

06/05/18: Biometrics appnt

06/28/18: Fingerprint Review was completed

10/11/18: EAD & AP approved via USCIS online

10/17/2018: EAD/AP Combo Card Received via USPS

 

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Thank you for bringing this up. The arrest of Kem Sokha is very disturbing and bad news for Americans seeking K-1 and CR-1 visas. I have traveled and worked in Cambodia, a beautiful country with beautiful people. I was there in 2013 and 2014 when Prime Minister Hun Sen used force against the citizens of Phnom Penh. I was there when garment workers were attacked for nothing more than voicing opinions in public. Later, opposition leader Sam Rainsy was forced into exile and today the Cambodia Daily newspaper was forced to shut down (trumped-up tax charges, but really b/c  they reported the truth about Hun Sen). The reputable American NGO's are all but gone, creating suffering among the poor and vulnerable. These turn of events will likely create more difficult conditions for Americans seeking anything in Cambodia. But what do you expect from Cambodia's prime minister, a former member of the Khmer Rouge?

 

Contact the U.S. embassy in Cambodia and express your concerns. Read the embassy statement here. https://kh.usembassy.gov/ 

Good luck to you and everyone seeking love, work, and/or freedom for Cambodia. It's at a turning point - now is the time to act.

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