Man banished to the land his family once fled

Full story: The Seattle Times

On the river: Ho Beua casts a large net to trap fish in the river behind his house.

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Shantel

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Feb 6, 2007
 
It's sad to sit here and read all that has been wroten about this man, It breaks my heart to see what America is doing to Cambodian refugees, they had once came from a place that was rough, and now have to get deported back. This man that i feel so sad about is my dad, i am his 17 year old daughter. It hurts to see my dads picture, it hurt to think or to talk about all that had happened to him. i miss him so much. Life is different with out him. The only thing i can do is cry and smile at the same time, to miss my dad so much and to know that i had once had him apart of my life, seeing him everyday, going and spending time with him; either playing sports, going fishing or just driving to a family/friends house. I cherish all the memories i have with my dad, because i know that might be all i have left of him. i miss him, i dont see how people can agree to do such a thing to other people out there, to ruin there lives and to break there hearts.
-Shantel Beua
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Feb 6, 2007
 
Shantel, it takes a real courage on your part to express your intimate emotion about your beloved father in public like this. While I have a heart for your tender moment here, I have to get real as a human being here. What do you mean by "I know that might be all I have left of him"??????? You should never think of the predicament that your dad is in that way at all. I believe you beloved father said in the news article that he wants to see all of his children to stay in school and be employed so that they could visit him in the future. If you love your dad so much, then you must prove yourself an an individual and as his daughter. Your number one goal is to become very educated so that you will become a very useful human resource alive. With your valualbe marketable skills, you will be an asset to any company out there. You can open up a business opportunity for your dad over there. You and your siblings can go visit him in Cambodia. Nothing is hopeless. Make it happens for yourself and your family. Listen, if the Cambodians in Cambodia can make it there, then the opportunity for the Cambodian-Americans are limitless.
meachie

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Honestly, I think I might have seen him amongst dozens of other deportees on my visit to the Immigration Department's detention center back in Cambodia. I've actually made some friends and always getting phone calls asking for money everytime I go back home for the summer. I can only imagine what your family is going through. I am not really familiar with the US's INS laws but my question is why didn't he apply for citizenship after all these years? I can understand the US's law but it still sucks for anyone to go through that kinda thing..

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