Steve Li released, not to be deported: private bill introduced
November 20, 2010 § Leave a comment
It seemed that all odds were against Steve Li, a San Francisco student who has been incarcerated for more than two months, awaiting deportation to a country where he has no friends or family. But Friday, Immigration officials announced plans to release Li from a detention center in Florence, Ariz., where he has been in custody since Oct. 8. His destination is not Peru, his country of birth, but back home to San Francisco. “I was so happy to find out that he is coming home and hopefully be able to study, because in jail he told me that is all he wanted to do,” said his father, Xin Guang Li, 55. “But I’ll have to see him to believe it’s true.” Li’s reversal of fortune came after U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., intervened. On Monday, Li was scheduled to fly out, but Friday, Feinstein introduced the rarely invoked “private bill” to stall the deportation process. (sfgate.com) Only 35 private bills were introduced in the first nine months of 2009. Both parties have engaged in this RARELY USED procedure. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-SC, the House member who shouted “You lie!” during a presidential speech on health care, introduced a bill for an illegal alien from the Gambia, who had converted from Islam to the Christian faith and argued that he would be persecuted if deported.