December 21, 2009, - 11:12 am
Say what you want about Cambodia and its government. On some things, they have it right.
Smart Playbook: Cambodia Says No to Extremist Muslim Asylum Seekers
And one of them is the guts to deport those who would do them harm and have no right to be there. While the Obama administration, just last week, removed more obstacles from frauds seeking asylum (by refusing to hold them in detention, deport them, etc. if they have a “credible fear” of persecution a/k/a do a minimal acting job), Cambodia isn’t taking a page from the Barack Book.
And, predictably, we condemn them. But you know who’s gonna hold onto their country and culture longer? Not America. We’re ready to allow Uighurs–Chinese Muslims–to live in Washington, DC neighborhoods.
But the Cambodians are the ones with common sense on this.
The ethnic Uighurs sought asylum in Cambodia following deadly ethnic riots this summer in China’s far western region of Xinjiang. China says they are suspected criminals.
The group was deported back to China on Saturday despite protests from the U.S. and the U.N. Several members of the group told U.N. representatives in Cambodia they feared persecution if returned to China. . . .
The group of Uighurs had made the journey from their traditional homeland of Xinjiang in China’s far west through to Vietnam and on to Cambodia with the help of a network of missionary groups.
Before they were repatriated, several Uighurs had told the U.N. refugee agency in Cambodia that they feared lengthy imprisonment or even the death penalty if they were returned to China because of their involvement in the summer’s ethnic unrest. . . .
The U.S. State Department said Sunday it was “deeply disturbed” by the move, which may have violated Cambodia’s international obligations to asylum-seekers. The U.S. also says it is concerned about the welfare of the Uighurs.
State Department spokesman Gordon Duguid said the incident would affect Cambodia’s relationship with Washington and its international standing.
If only our country was more “deeply disturbed” by our own Nidal Malik Hasans, Naveed Haqs, and various other Muslims shooting up fellow Americans, instead of lecturing other countries that they need to accept more of those in their midst, too.
Tags: asylum, asylum seekers, Cambodia, Illegal Aliens, Immigration, Uighurs