Chinese man detained by immigration says he’s not treated humanely

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A Chinese man being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement says he has been waiting for months to return to his homeland but he says ICE keeps canceling his flight home. To make matters worse, he says he isn’t being treated humanely.

Last month we shared with you a story about three detainees being held by immigration for deportation refusing to eat and drink for two days. One of those men was Li Fu Le, a Chinese national who was detained in Saipan on December 17, 2019. He was transferred to the Hagatna Detention Facility in February where he remains to this day.

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“I just want to be a good man I want to go home I just want to finally go home already. If they can’t send me back to China, release me, myself pay a ticket to go back to China,” Li said.

Detained for the past 9 months and counting, Li is frustrated by his flight home being cancelled multiple times. And while he understands the impacts the pandemic has had on flights, he has constantly been left in the dark until he went on a hunger strike.

“Before they never show me the paper they are arresting me. First time they tell me they already got a ticket to China right. First time is February 24 I forgot, they canceled it after February 24th, tell me the second time is June 31 they still canceled. And third time is July 8 they canceled it again. The fourth time they tell me it’s August 7. They canceled again. After two days, no drink no food they showed me the paper. Since this June they already know no more air flight to China but they never tell me. They always lying,” Li said.

He added: “I already asked the ICE officer they say they can’t help me. But that’s their job …  that’s their job. They can help me but they never help me, never help us.”

Li shares that he hasn’t spoken to his family since his detainment and he needs to go home to his father who has liver cancer.

“I don’t know if my dad is dead. I don’t know. I need to call my family and video my family but they never help us,” he said.

To make matters worse, Li says says the food he is fed isn’t enough to keep them from being hungry. He also hasn’t seen a dentist for a tooth issue he has been experiencing for over a month. And since “incoming” was suspended, he and the other detainees don’t have basic necessities.

“The food is all of us not enough and we don’t have hot water faucets shower. We don’t have nothing because the detention, they closed the visitation, closed everything.  I don’t have nothing,” Li said.

But it appears that Li fate is in the hands of ICE as a 2018 US Supreme Court ruling has made indefinite immigrant detention the law of the land.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.

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