Media Advisory

Contact: Lisa Chen, Asian Law Caucus (760) 580-8598


For Immediate Release:
Thursday, November 19, 2010

Steve Li's Family, Supporters Thank Sen. Feinstein

For Introducing a Private Bill Friday Morning


Nursing student set to be released Friday evening from ICE; supporters urge Congress on DREAM Act


What: 20 year old nursing student will be released Friday evening from ICE after national mobilization for the halt of his deportation. This comes hours after CA Senator Feinstein introduces "private bill" on Shing Ma "Steve" Li's behalf.

When: Noon, Tuesday November 23rd 2010

Where: Asian Law Caucus, 55 Columbus Ave San Francisco, CA 94111

Who: Shing Ma "Steve" Li, Maria Li, Steve's mother, and Sin Yen Ling, senior staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus and Li's legal counsel.

Background: Senator Feinstein introduced a private bill early Friday morning for Shing Ma "Steve" Li. "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," Feinstein said in a statement. Li is scheduled to be released this evening from ICE.

"It's been over two months since I've seen my son. All this time I had nightmares of him being alone in Peru. Now I know he's coming home soon and I will be able to hold him in my arms again. I am so grateful for Senator Feinstein's strong leadership," says Ma Li, Steve's mother.

"We are relieved that Steve will not be deported today. It's been an emotional roller coaster for Steve's family and friends, and I'm thrilled that Steve is coming home," says Marilyn Luu, a close friend of Li who has been one of the main leaders in efforts to halt Steve's deportation. "We appreciate all the community support around the case, and we know we couldn't have done it without everyone who made phone calls or wrote letters on Steve's behalf," continues Luu.

"We thank Senator Feinstein for introducing a private bill for Steve and supporting the DREAM Act. We know that there are still many students like him: future nurses, doctors and engineers, who could give so much to this country but are senselessly at risk of deportation. That's why it's urgent for Congress to enact lasting reform and pass the federal DREAM Act," says Sin Yen Ling, senior staff attorney at the Asian Law Caucus and Li's legal counsel. The Asian Law Caucus will work on securing Steve's release from ICE in Arizona. He was originally scheduled for deportation to Peru on Monday, November 15. Feinstein's bill effectively halts his deportation.

The DREAM Act is a bipartisan, common-sense bill that would allow undocumented students who have grown up in the United States a pathway to legalization if they attend two years of college or serve two years of the military. Li and thousands of other Bay Area students in similar situations would benefit from the DREAM Act if enacted.

The halt of Steve's deportation comes days after Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Reid announce their intention to move the DREAM Act to a vote on November 29, 2010.

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