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  • Writer's pictureCharles Dunst

The Los Angeles Times: "He was deported to Cambodia. Now he's back home in California."

Updated: Mar 14, 2019

PHNOM PENH, Cambodia –– The hip-hop hit “A Lot,” by the rapper 21 Savage, boomed through the speakers at Phnom Penh’s Cool Lounge, the rapid-fire verses spilling from the bar onto the Cambodian capital’s hectic streets.

“Been through some things, but I couldn’t imagine my kids stuck at the border,” rapped the British-born artist who was recently detained in the U.S. on suspicion of overstaying his 2006 visa.

The lyrics and the Atlanta-based rapper’s story, perhaps foreign to most Cambodians, resonated with the bar’s clientele, which included some of the more than 700 Cambodians deported from the United States over criminal convictions since a 2002 repatriation agreement.

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Page A3, The Los Angeles Times, March 7, 2019

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