Asian Americans Advancing Justice - LA

Building upon the legacy of the Asian Pacific American Legal Center

Chhoeun, et al. v. Marin, et al. Community Advisory January 2019 Temporary Restraining Order

On January 3, 2019, a federal judge issued a nationwide temporary restraining order preventing ICE from redetaining most Cambodian refugees with final deportation orders without first providing notice.

Am I included in the temporary restraining order?
This class action lawsuit (Chhoeun) includes all Cambodians in the United States with final orders of deportation or removal who were released from immigration detention and have not subsequently been convicted of a crime or failed to check in with ICE.

If you are not sure if you are included in the temporary restraining order and you have a check-in in January 2019, call us at 415-952-0413.

How long will the temporary restraining order last?
The restraining order will remain in place until January 28, 2019. The judge will hold a hearing to determine what to do after that date.

What does the temporary restraining order do and what does it not do?
The temporary restraining order does not prevent ICE from arresting people. It does prevent ICE from arresting people included in the class action unless they first provide written notice 14 days in advance that they plan to arrest someone and provide them copies of their immigration court charging documents, removal order, and criminal conviction records (so that they can consult with an immigration lawyer about whether they might be able to reopen their case and cancel their removal order).

The temporary restraining order also does not prevent ICE from deporting people, even if they were redetained without notice. Cambodian refugees in detention must act quickly to pursue immigration relief to avoid deportation.

What should I do if I have an upcoming check-in with ICE?
Call the raid hotline at 415-952-0413 to speak to an attorney.

This same information is available in Khmer here

Jessica Jinn, (213) 241-8817, [email protected]
About Advancing Justice - LA: 
Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Los Angeles is the nation's largest legal and civil rights organization for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (NHPI). Through direct services, impact litigation, policy advocacy, leadership development, and capacity building, Advancing Justice-LA focuses on the most vulnerable members of Asian American and NHPI communities while also building a strong voice for civil rights and social justice.
Friday, January 4, 2019


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