Exclusive: In his first interview, Chong Kim describes the crushing prospect of being deported to South Korea, a country he hasn’t lived in since the age of five
Chong Kim gathered paperwork demonstrating his recent accomplishments and headed to a federal building in Portland to meet an immigration officer. It was 5 April, and the 41-year-old housekeeper thought he was heading to a routine check-in.
The officer, however, wasn’t interested in his achievements. The Oregon man quickly learned he was now facing possible deportation to his native South Korea, a country he left at five years old.
It’s hard to imagine a more clear example of someone being a part of a country than putting their life on the line
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