‘I knew one day I would be able to get back.’ Deported refugee on his return to California

Veasna Meth is reunited with his wife after going through customs at San Francisco International Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Meth is one of hundreds of Cambodian refugees that have been deported since 2002.
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Veasna Meth is reunited with his wife after going through customs at San Francisco International Airport, Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019. Meth is one of hundreds of Cambodian refugees that have been deported since 2002.

Emily Cadei works out of the McClatchy Washington bureau, where she covers national politics and policy for McClatchy’s California readers. A native of Sacramento, she has spent more than a decade in D.C. reporting on U.S. elections, Congress and foreign affairs for publications including Newsweek, Congressional Quarterly and Roll Call.