Friendly (And Urgent) Reminder If You Haven’t Signed The Petition Yet
Apparently not all of my people have signed the petition. If you disagree — so be it. This is America.
But after reading Lundy Khoy’s story and realizing how ridiculous it is to deport someone who has lived in America for over three decades [legally at that] to a country she’s never been, sign the petition.
Lundy Khoy is a legal United States resident. She was born in a Thai refugee camp to Cambodian parents fleeing the war that tore their country apart. When Lundy was a year old, she and her family were granted legal US permanent residence. They moved here, and Lundy was raised as an all-American kid. Unfortunately, in 2000 when she was 19, she fell in with a bad crowd. After a night of partying, a cop asked her if she had any drugs. She truthfully told him she had several tabs of ecstasy. This was enough to get her arrested for possession with intent to distribute. Under the advice of her lawyer, Lundy pled guilty and was given a 5 year sentence. Due to good behavior, she was released after 3 months and put on supervised probation. Lundy went back to school, and started to work to get her life back on track.
Towards the end of her probation period in 2004, Lundy went to visit her probation officer for what she thought would be a routine visit. She was looking forward to finally finishing out her sentence, and even brought her latest report card from college to proudly show as proof of how she was turning her life around. To her surprise and horror, she was immediately detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and taken to Hampton prison in Southern Virginia. Lundy received no warning before being incarcerated for almost 9 months.
Under the Patriot Act, which had been passed over a year after her conviction for drug possession, Lundy was considered a threat to national security. After being told by the Cambodian government that it wouldn’t accept a person who has no ties to their country, ICE had to release her.
Once free, Lundy went back to the only life she knows: that of being a hard-working American. She is now close to completing the Bachelor’s Degree in Communications that she’s had to earn part-time, and has been working for the last 6 years as an enrollment advisor with a local university.
Lundy pays her taxes and regularly volunteers with local charities, including Habitat For Humanity, March of Dimes, and Boys and Girls Clubs of America. She complies with what ICE tells her, filling out their forms and reporting to their offices whenever they summon her. She’s doing her best to abide by the laws of the country she loves, in fact the only country she knows: she has never even set foot outside of North America.
In April, 2012, Lundy was informed that, despite her model behavior, she would be placed in the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program (ISAP), with a view towards immediate deportation. Her new case officer has told her that even if Cambodia won’t accept her, she should just pick another country to go to, as if choosing a country is as easy as picking out a new outfit. ICE is also threatening to revoke her work permit so she can no longer be a contributing member of society, and have already forced her to wear an ankle bracelet despite the fact that she is in no way a flight risk.
Please help us stop this horrible miscarriage of justice.
Lundy is a law-abiding legal resident who made one mistake as a teenager and who has served her time for it.
The Patriot Act is supposed to protect us from terrorists. Lundy Khoy is not a terrorist. It is horrifying that our legal system would punish her twice for a crime that happened over a decade ago, and that they are making her choose another country, any country, over America, the only nation she knows and the only one she loves.
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