Name: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)
Hails from: The Golden State
Occupation: Senior U.S. Senator
Known for: Being effective. After forty-one years in elected public office, Feinstein can be recognized for countless benchmark events in her career. But this week in particular, Feinstein should be lauded for her role in preventing student Steve Li’s deportation to Peru with a private bill introduced on Friday.
A quick refresher on Steve Li: The 20-year-old nursing student’s parents, Chinese nationals, fled their home country to Peru in the 1980s to avoid the country’s 1-child policy. Steve was born in Peru, but at age 12, brought to live on a visa with his parents in the United States. Li’s parents sought political asylum, which was denied in 2003. The family continued to live in the United States illegally, although Steve was unaware of his illegal status. As a result, Steve and his parents were all arrested earlier this year, held for two months in detention facilities, and set up to be deported–his mother and father to China, and him to Peru where he no longer has any family. Steve’s parents were not allowed to accompany him to Peru. Notably, Li, a model citizen and scholar, would qualify for a green card to stay in the U.S. if the DREAM Act were to pass–and with this in mind, Feinstein intervened.
From the Senator’s private bill:
“I decided to introduce a private bill on Steve’s behalf because I believe his removal would be unjust before the Senate gets a chance to vote on the DREAM Act. It is my sincere hope that Congress will consider and pass the DREAM Act before the end of this year. This important legislation would allow youngsters such as Steve Li to continue making a contribution to the United States, the country that they grew up in and call home.”
Although it’s possible that Feinstein’s bill will not pass, her submission of the bill effectively stays Li’s deportation until 75 days after the current Congress ends in January, potentially after the DREAM Act is passed.
Although such acts are rare, Feinstein stepped up to the plate to actively defend her position on both Li’s personal case and the DREAM Act. Her bold actions show that she is looking at immigration on a case-by-case basis as opposed to dollars, abstracts and categorical ideas–which is the real way to actually achieve immigration reform, to really change our broken system.
REAL change? REAL reform? Shocking, we know.
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