Students protesting the detainment of Steve Li.

KQED’s Shuka Kalantari just got back from the protest outside Barbara Boxer’s office in support of Shing Ma “Steve” Li. Li is a 20-year-old nursing student at City College of San Francisco and is currently being held in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center in Arizona for being in the country illegally. Li’s lawyer, Sin Yen Ling, issued a statement Friday saying that ICE planned to deport Li to Peru on Monday. Li himself also told the Chronicle that his lawyer told him the same thing. Details on today’s protest, from Shuka Kalantari:

  • Sang Chi, Li’s Asian American History instructor, said he talks to Li every couple of days. Chi said that Li told him he’s been on a hunger strike for several days.
  • Roughly three dozen protesters attended, mostly students and some CCSF faculty.
  • A fellow student and friend, Marilyn Luu, is in contact with Li. She found out about his detention from Li’s sister after he didn’t respond to Facebook messages. Luu then started a Facebook page in support of Li’s case.
  • Sin Yen Ling, Li’s lawyer, said that she found out from a federal source, whom Ling wouldn’t name, that ICE would make a decision on Li’s tentative deportation today.

Li has been detained by ICE for more than 50 days; his parents, who have been in the country illegally since 2003, were also arrested but are now being monitored at home through ankle bracelets. His parents were born in China, moved to Peru, then came to the U.S. Li was born in Peru.

Supporters are calling on Boxer, Nancy Pelosi, and Dianne Feinstein to legislatively intervene in the case.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors adopted a unanimous resolution “denouncing Li’s deportation and calling for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to postpone his deportation,” says the Chronicle. “They also urged Congress to pass the DREAM Act, which…would grant undocumented immigrant children citizenship if they entered the U.S. before age 15 and are attending a two- or four-year college.”

Listen to Mina Kim’s report:

City College Student Steve Li, Detained by ICE, Awaits Final Dispensation 12 November,2010Jon Brooks

  • Francis

    Any new State laws akin to Arizona’s new policing policies, will be a waste of time if Sen. Harry Reid passes the Dream Act–or incremental AMNESTY?


    Before Senator Harry Reid goes ahead in the imminent Lame Duck session in introducing the obnoxious Dream Act (DE FACTO AMNESTY), Agjobs or any immigration reform law rewarding people who stole into America. We should remember if the Dream Act passes, this will allow the new legitimized students to bring many more family members into the country under “Chain migration” law. THAT MEANS MILLIONS MORE IMMIGRANTS WILL BE COMING HERE, THAT TAXPAYERS WILL HAVE TO SUPPORT? Asked senile Reid and his Liberal Progressives the cost of yet another Amnesty? Ask Robert Rector of the think-tank Heritage Foundation, as his analysis of amnesty recipients have very low education levels (75 to 85 percent have only a high school diploma or less), they are likely to receive more in government benefits than they pay in taxes through most of their lives. When they reach retirement age, amnesty recipients will impose a large net cost on taxpayers, receiving each year at least $17,000 more per person in benefits than they pay in taxes. That means people who have never paid anything into the ailing Social Security system, will also be rewarded of those who come here under the the chain migration laws.

    The illegal immigrants granted amnesty under this law are likely to impose a net cost of at least $2.6 trillion on U.S. taxpayers during their retirement years. Doesn’t Reid have no sympathy, no respect for US taxpayers who pay the bills for anybody who slips into our sovereign country. Why should we pay for other nations poor, when we have an estimated 15 million Americans seeking work? Policymakers should carefully consider the potential long-term fiscal costs before enacting the amnesty provisions of this bill. One of the largest costs to taxpayers annually is the instant citizenship of babies of illegal parents (Anchor Babies) This number of infants ranges in hundreds of thousands annually that have long term expenditures, in education, health care and other taxpayer public services. Until the real fencing is built (double layer with electrified paired fencing), and stop internal enforcement is not compromised by both parties. Sen. Reid, Pelosi, Barbara Boxer,Napolitano nearly killed E-Verify and such is it is, is only voluntary for businesses owners.

    The Tea Party and moderate Conservative, Republicans and Democrats must enforce 1986 immigration law and no more funding to Sanctuary Cities as with New York and California. Bombard your Senator and Congressman in Washington, by calling (202)224-3121 In addition; don’t let your State representatives off the hook either? Learn more of the truth, not LIES at NumbersUSA. Learn about corruption in Washington and State Capitols at Judicial Watch

  • Honi Jozi

    Send them back now. Steve has got to go back to Peru. No support there? Send his family with him.

    Parents are liars and scammers. They left China for 1 child law? Hello!!! Steve is 20 yrs old. Where are his brothers and sisters if that was the true reason they left??

    They then left Peru for political asylum in the US and they were denied! They remained in this country. Why werent they deported then?

    Ship them back. We dont need criminals in this country. Steve knew he was illegal. He is a criminal as well. Buh Bye Steve.

  • Honi Jozi

    Nice guy? Who cares. Alot of criminals are nice guys. Nursing student..shortage of nurses? We have a lot of American born students that would gladly take that seat. He has got to go and if Barbara Boxer intervenes this will be her last term in office. Im a liberal democrat but enough is enough.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks is the host and editor of KQED’s health and technology blog, Future of You. He is the former editor of KQED’s daily news blog, News Fix. In 2014, he won a California Journalism Award for his coverage of ride services like Uber and Lyft and the taxi industry. A veteran blogger, he previously worked for Yahoo! in various news writing and editing roles. Jon is also a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S. He has written about film for his own blog and studied film at Boston University. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from Brooklyn College.

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