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Old 11-14-2010, 01:19 PM
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Fellow San Franciscan's please help my good friend Steve Li from being deported! Please check out the following facebook page to help him out..

Help bring Steve Li back home | Facebook

He's just as American as many of you here. Please help and stop the injustice thats being done! Thank you!
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Old 11-14-2010, 07:39 PM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Originally Posted by FlipMC View Post
He's just as American as many of you here. Please help and stop the injustice thats being done! Thank you!
I'm in North Carolina but have lived in the Bay Area for a long time. My partner and I plan to move back when we can. I'm sympathetic to his situation. A few years ago some neighbors of mine who were here illegally went before an immigration judge. A few of us in the neighborhood went to speak in their behalf, testify as to their character, etc. Ultimately they were granted residency.

In addition to a Facebook campaign, I think you will have more success if you find people that know Steve and his family very well instead of (or in addition to) random people on the internet who are moved to help. It might help for hundreds or thousands of random strangers to write Nancy Pelosi etc. I don't know. I'm just not convinced that's enough. If I were you, I would be collecting as many affidavits from neighbors, friends, teachers, employers as I could to help Steve's case.

While I'm sympathetic, I do have a problem with this statement: "Steve is an American – more of an American than many who are legal citizens." We may not like the facts but the fact is that he was born in Peru and came with his parents. He is not an American. Yes, he may work hard and he might be making a positive contribution to society, but that doesn't make him "more of an American" than someone else. You don't win people over to your cause by telling them that someone who is here illegally deserves to be a citizen more than they do.

I want everything to work out for him and I hope he is successful in staying here. There are many people in the same situation who came from Mexico who have not been so lucky.

Maybe this attitude makes me a jerk, but I hope you will take my advice about talking to neighbors, getting statements etc. Of course, you might already be doing that. If so, that's great, and good luck.

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