‘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.

Alexandra Yoon-Hendricks covers Sacramento County and the cities and suburbs beyond the capital. She’s previously worked at The New York Times and NPR, and is a former Bee intern. She graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was the managing editor of The Daily Californian.