San Francisco Student Facing Deportation Returns Home

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – A San Francisco City College student, who came within hours of being deported, said he will continue to fight for undocumented students like himself.

Steve Li returned to San Francisco after spending more than two months at a detention center in Arizona.

He said he is grateful for the intervention of Senator Dianne Feinstein, who introduced an immigration bill on his behalf.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

Li’s parents were arrested back in September when Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers told them their visas had expired and their case for asylum had been denied.

Steve Li talks to KCBS about his ordeal

Li had thought for years that he was in the country legally.

“I was definitely shocked and confused. I didn’t know what to think,” Li said. “I got separated from my mom. I couldn’t ask any questions. They didn’t tell me anything. They just searched me, threw me in the car and handcuffed me.”

Li’s status is still in limbo, but he is hoping the Dream Act will be passed by Congress. It would allow undocumented students like himself to remain in this country.

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  • Zack Debarco

    The gall of this guy!! He’s here illegally and he thinks he’s entitled!!! If we give him a PASS, how about al the other illegals? The DREAM ACT is such a farce and as I read it, wouldn’t even apply to him. This country is going down hill fast!!!

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  • Bill Gusti

    Zack, And you think you are entitled? Kinda Ironic isn’t it. One immigrant dissing another But , hey, you are “legal”, lol. Kinda sad, the ignorance in this country. Would be a better world if you started to pull your head out of….the sand

  • Judith McFarland

    How about the “gall” of a United States Senator turning her back on her fellow Countrymen. Simply open the doors and defeat the purpose of our borders and our immigration laws that were put on the books to protect law-abiding citizens of the USA. For some (cowards) it’s easier to run from their own Country and steal what they haven’t earned (through legal process) in another man’s Country. Immigrants who have earned their citizenship to this Country must be wondering why they bothered to do things the right way when you can break laws and get rewarded.

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