Supporters have been successful to delaying Steve Li's deportation, scheduled for this last Monday, November 15. They organized a demonstration on November 8th and made a hundred calls a day to state politicians such as Senator Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein. This seemed to have some effect, as Feinstein issued a statement saying, "I have asked ICE to halt the deportation proceedings while I consider introducing a private bill that will allow Mr. Li to remain in the United States on a temporary basis."
Nevertheless, Steven Li's deportation is still pending.Steve Li, a City College of San Francisco student, is the latest Asian American caught up in the current anti-immigrant witch-hunt in the U.S.
On September 15, 2010, ICE (Immigration Customs and Enforcement) raided Steve's home and arrested his family. Steve was born in Peru. His parents, Ma Li and Xin Guang Li, brought him to the United States when he was just 12 years old.
Steve was unaware of his immigration situation until the raid. While his parents are being monitored through electronic ankle devices in the Bay Area, he has been detained since September 15 and is now jailed in Arizona. He is set for deportation to Peru.
He has no family or friends in Peru and would be homeless upon arrival. He is pursuing nursing studies at City College in hopes of serving the immigrant community.
Calls from friends and family are organizing support from California Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer and ICE Director John Morton. They have drafted a support letter. Steve's lawyer, Sin Yen Ling of the Asian Law Caucus of San Francisco, is otherwise pessimistic about his prospects in the immigration law system.
His school and fellow students has strongly supported Steve. The College Board of Trustees has passed a resolution, and other students have rallied online support in the thousands.