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This is morning edition from NPR news. I'm Noel king. And I'm David Greene a plane left the United States on Monday destined for Cambodia on this plane were thirty six Cambodians many who came to the US as refugees, and they were being removed from the US by immigration and customs enforcement ice says thirty four of the people on this plane are criminals, and that the agency's acting lawfully but advocates say these are people who are being sent to a place. They have never known attorney. Melanie, Kim is with the Asian Americans advancing Justice Asian law caucus, she represents Cambodians fighting to stay in the US, including one on this flight. And she spoke with Steve Inskeep. All the folks who are being deported came here as refugees when they were either intense or really young children fleeing to be at Phnom war, and the Canaries genocide, let's remember Cambodia is right next to Vietnam and to say, the least the war in which the United States was involved spilled over into Cambodia. With catastrophic consequences for decades afterward. The US basically carpet bombed Cambodia and Laos during the Vietnam war. It's believed that the bombings to stabilize the country, and they've laying the Canarias to take power and for the Canaries genocide to occur then some people escaped and eventually ended up in the United States. Right. Mostly in the seventies and eighties. They were settled into neighborhoods in the United States poor neighborhoods with no resources, so some committed crimes overtime were convicted of crimes anyway. That's right. There were placed in neighborhoods that were over policed and grub at a time where the United States was passing tough on crime policies. And so these children were interacting with law enforcement being convicted of crimes he's saying really harsh punishments, then shooting their sentences and then being placed in immigration proceedings where they didn't have available to them until they were deported. Meaning that once you finish your prison sentence. You're gone right in the case of a lot of South East Asian folks, Vietnam Cambodia and Laos have been reluctant to accept those for repatriation Cambodian the United States, not have repatriation agreement until two thousand two is the Trump administration doing anything different than previous administrations given that it's been possible. Since two thousand two to send Cambodians back administration has placed a lot of pressure on southeast Asian country. Stories and other countries as well such as Iraq into Malia except more people for deportation and he's populations largely came to this country as refugees. So people have been sent back under George W Bush under Barack Obama. But it's happening more frequently now is that it, right? Administration has placed a lot of pressure on Cambodia through visa sanctions for them to accept more and more people for deportation. So this past April Cambodia accepted about forty three refugees on a flight, and that was thought to be the largest deportation flight of Cambodians in US history. And this week's flight is around forty are all of these people convicted of crimes so far as you know, as far as I know. Yes, their convictions run the gamut of the penal code what they do have in common is that you convictions are really old everyone on that flight has competed their sentences can't the administration say they committed a crime. This is what the law says should be done. I would argue that this country is doing it in a coercive way. They are bullying countries, not just southeast Asian countries. But other countries as well. How many of the forty or your clients we represented six folks who were slated to be deported. Five of them are not on that plane, but one is right ton. We are waiting for a pardon for him. What's his story? So he came to this country as a young person in nineteen ninety eight at the age of twenty one. She was involved in the fact of the vehicle she didn't steal the deal, call himself and after this conviction. He's a changed person. Stayed out of trouble. Does your client have some connection still to Cambodia is he gonna know anybody there? She doesn't she doesn't have family in Cambodia. Like, most of the people who are deported largely considered themselves American. So when they are deported. It's a huge culture shock. You said that your client was seeking a pardon. But does it matter if he gets pardoned after the fact, we're not getting up on folks who have been deport? We're still pushing for them to come home. Melody, Kim tech so much. Thank you. Steve is talking to attorney Melanie Kim. She represents Cambodians facing deportation. Alien invaders have colonized island near Antarctica. They landed there in the nineteen sixties and dug deep into the soil. They've been reproducing. And spreading scientists say they seem to be changing the islands environment and worry, they'll infest Antarctica's mainland. NPR's? Christopher Joyce explains. What's going on? Ecologists doesn't mean Bartlett says the invaders pretty much only island of Signi, it's the largest terrestrial organism on the island large. Well, maybe a third of the size of a lady bug their midges, miniature flies normally they live only on South Georgia island, hundreds of miles away. But researchers in the nineteen sixties moved some plants from South Georgia to see if they could survive on Signi, they didn't but the bugs on the plants managed to hang in there. These are really extreme environment to talking about much to get there. Much ten survived that and this thing is done both in ninety striving doesn't even need mates. It reproduces solo. A sexually doesn't have any predators. It doesn't have any competitive. So it's been able to just set up camp. Staff and spread around the midges like moss, which is good for them. Because it's mostly what grows on the island Bartlett at the university of Birmingham in Great Britain says the midges deacon. Impose organic material in the soil it to be doing the job of an SM in an ecosystem that never seen anything like it. So what's the harm here? Well, their appetite is altering the island. They create huge amounts of nitrogen compounds. It's like dumping fertilizer in the soil, and it could change the mix of plants and other insects there. Peter condie. From the British Antarctic survey says that the midges might reach the Arctic mainland and play havoc with the ecosystem of one of the world's last pristine places, basically the cat's out the bag invading species are affecting everywhere and moral less unintelligent the last continental scale also where this isn't the case convy says scientists are doing their best to keep the midges from migrating off the island. Christopher Joyce NPR news. This is NPR news. Mac Schachter son, Alex died in the parkland, Florida school shooting we look back on their last holidays together. He was a bad food critic because the kid will often a everything monster ball soup. Stake a father on the loss of his son. And how he gave him new purpose? This year this afternoon on all things considered from NPR news. One.