Iraq veteran from Oregon detained by immigration officials

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland veteran who served in Iraq has been detained by federal immigration authorities and is being held at a detention center in Tacoma, Washington.

Rose Riley, an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman, told The Oregonian/OregonLive on Friday that 41-year-old Chong Hwan Kim was detained because of a recent first-degree arson conviction.

Kim arrived in the United States at age 5 from South Korea with his family.

He was warned by a judge after his latest conviction that his immigration status could be in jeopardy if he got into more legal trouble.

KOIN-TV also reported on Kim’s detention and says he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Court records show Kim has been convicted of multiple crimes in the past five years, including robbery, burglary and arson.

 

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