The bootstraps tale of Qing Wu, 29 (pictured), is, by nearly all accounts, a success story. As the NY Times reported last week, his family legally immigrates from China when Qing is five, settling in New York’s Chinatown. His mother finds work in a garment factory, his father cooks in Chinese restaurants out of state, but they can still barely make ends meet. As a result, they have little time to look after Qing, who starts getting into trouble as a teen, despite being a gifted student and scoring in the 98th percentile in math (of course). At 15, Qing commits a series of muggings with his delinquent friends and gets sent to juvey.
It is then that Qing begins to turn his life around. He gets out after 3 years for being a model inmate, receives his GED, works his way up from data entry clerk to corporate vice president of IT operations at a national firm, supports his mother with his earnings, gets engaged, and at age 29, decides to apply for U.S. citizenship. Future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades, right?
By applying for citizenship, Qing comes to the attention of immigration authorities. His record makes him not only ineligible for citizenship but marked for mandatory deportation back to China. Since November, he’s been locked up as a “criminal alien.” Due to tough immigration laws enacted in 1996 that do not allow for case-by-case judgment, the system is treating him like a felon, a foreigner, and somebody else’s problem.
Judge Michael Corriero, who sentenced Qing in 1996, is going to bat for him by supporting a petition to New York Gov. Paterson to grant Qing a pardon. Qing’s fiancee, Anna Ng, his sisters, and his mother, who are all citizens, as well his past and present employers, are working to get the Manhattan D.A.’s office to retroactively grant Qing “youthful offender” status, which would wipe his record clean.
You can help, too. Here’s how:
2. Contact the Manhattan D.A.’s office (DA Vance) at 212-335-9000 to grant Qing Wu retroactive youthful offender status.
3. Write letters of support to Governor Paterson’s office with a carbon copy to Peter Kiernan, Office of the Counsel to the Governor.
The addresses are as follow:
Albany, NY 12224
Peter Kiernan, Esq
Office of the Counsel to the Governor
Albany, NY 12224
[UPDATE: Governor Paterson issues a pardon to Qing Wu and stops his deportation. JUSTICE SERVED.]
6 Responses to “DISGRASIAN OF THE WEAK! Stop The Deportation Of Qing Hong Wu [UPDATE]”
Leave a Reply
You must be logged in to post a comment.