CCSF student to be deported Monday
November 12, 2010 10:22 AM
Steve Li, 20-year-old City College of San Francisco student and Peruvian citizen, will be deported back to his home country by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Nov. 15.
There was no formal announcement made regarding the decision and instead, Sin Yen Ling, Li's attorney, found out about the arrangement the night of Nov. 11 through a credible source in the system who wanted to remain anonymous.
"We're lucky to even find out about this," Ling said.
Ling quickly notified Li's supporters about moving the date for a rally to get Sen. Barbara Boxer's attention forward. It was originally set to be Nov. 17 where they would light candles and deliver petitions to Boxer's office.
A teach-in and press conference are scheduled for Nov. 13 in front the senator's office. Supporters are pressing for Boxer to pass a private bill that would allow Li to remain in the country.
Ling said Li did not know about ICE's deportation plan to Peru until the two spoke on Thursday night.
According to Ling, Li sounded fine but it was probably due to the fact that he was still "in shock" and still needed some time to take all of the information in.
"My hopes are diminishing," Ling said. "This time around we may not have a successful story. But the reality, we're going to push for reaching out to Boxer tomorrow but it's looking dim."
Li Ma, Li's mother, was in tears when she appeared at the meeting to discuss Friday's protest.
"Every time I think about it, it makes me sad," Li said. "I'm still waiting for a miracle to happen."
On Tuesday, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to declare a statement that Li's deportation was wrong. The same day, the San Francisco School Board passed a similar resolution condemning ICE for deporting Li.
Ling said she called some people that may help to shelter Li in Peru if he is in fact deported.
"He has some Chinese-Peruvian friends here so we ask them to call their moms and dads to pick him up in the airport," she said.
Li, himself, does not know anyone back in Peru.
"In the last week and a half, he's been feeling good because he knew there's so much happening on the outside," Ling said. "But I think this new information tonight would give him a room for pause."
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