What kind of system allows for this? Why are we criminalizing immigrants?
In the larger scheme of things, is what he did so bad and harmful that he should be criminalized? And treated like this?
The guy immigrated from Hong Kong, his wife is an American citizen, he has two U.S.-born kids (one and three years of age), he worked in the Empire State building as an engineer, he lived in Queens. He overstayed his visa and was thrown in jail when he tried to get his green card.
It also sounds like there was miscommunication and bad legal advice -- a court summons letter was sent to a wrong address; at the hearing, the judge ordered his deportation. Probably without Ng's knowledge. Then later just as he was about to get his green card -- a process that took five years -- he was met by ICE agents. How fucked up is that.
This isn't the first death under ICE's watch. Read more here. They might as well call the War on Terror the War on Immigrants.