Skip to comments.Deportation sought for couple in West Toledo U.S. says pair here illegally since 1996
Posted on 05/05/2005 10:14:09 AM PDT by iconoclast
In the predawn semidarkness of a small West Toledo apartment, Dae and Yung Jung stumbled toward the thumping at their front door.
Seconds later, officers in dark jackets emblazoned with Homeland Security crammed into the couple's living room demanding passports and drivers' licenses. Mrs. Jung was escorted to jail. Upstairs, the couple's son, Andrew, hid, stunned and baffled.
Now, five weeks later, immigration officials still press for Yung and Dae Jung's deportation to their native land, South Korea. But the couple - Dae Jung is a sushi chef; Yung Jung is a longtime school volunteer - are finding that their support from their churches, their son's school, and even a congressman is continuing to mount.
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I find it a tragic outrage.
(IMHO). These folks represent all that is good in the old fashioned idea what an immigrant should be.
The parents are humble, the father soft-spoken and hard working, the wife cheery, outgoing and anxious to be a good American neighbor. The son is bright, ambitious, and personable.
This just isn't my idea of what Homeland Security should all about.
Sounds like they would be better off if they were hispanic.
Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!
Be Ever Vigilant!
Minutemen Patriots ~ Bump!
On the one hand, Koreans and other Orientals do make good immigrants so maybe they should cut them some slack. Also, why is Homeland Security interested in these people rather than the INS? Shouldn't they be looking for potential terrorists?
On the other hand, the law is the law. Is it fair to toss out Mexicans and leave Koreans? We have to draw a line and stick to it.
For every CRIMINAL, there are friends and family saying " They are good people and only made one small mistake."
A real sad story. However, there is probably a billion more honorable folks like these outside the USA that would like to come to America!
Let all who wish to come here apply through LEGAL channels.
"A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
There seems to be alot of extraneous information in this article, designed to tug our heartstrings. I don't think it's germain that the wife is nice and does volunteer work.
The important point is, were they here illegally, and did they know it. I cannot tell for sure from the article (maybe we aren't meant to be able to tell).
Maybe the hoops we expect people to jump thru are unreasonable. If so, let's change the process. On the other hand, let's not give someone a free ride because they are nice people. Lots of hispanic immigrants who cross via the rio grande are very nice people too.
I think it's a shame they go after this couple when there are so many thousands of gang bangers walking around.
My nit-wit sister lived on St. Maarten for 25 yeras. She had a fight with her husband and let her Immigration Status expire. Guess what? She can't go back to the house she owns. Because it's not her country.
INS doesn't exist anymore. The agency was split up into Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE, criminal investigators) and Customs & Border Protection (CBP, inspectors) as part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The article doesn't say it, but I'm sure that they were ICE agents doing the raid.
I'm equally sure that these two did *something* to attract ICE's attention. What were they involved in when they left South Korea?
The Jungs had been married about a year when they arrived in Toledo in 1984 so Mr. Jung could attend UT. Graduating with average grades 10 years later, he took his family - the Jungs by now had a 4-year-old son, Andrew - back to Korea in 1995. But the return was heart-breaking, he said. The Seoul area was congested and busy and noisy. Young Andrew could not communicate well with other Korean children. The couple, who had spent most of their adult life in Toledo, longed for the greener, more open spaces of the Midwest, Mr. Jung said.How many of the 9/11 hijackers were here on student visas? 10 years of studying at the University of Toledo? These people abused the student visa program, and they knew what they were doing, and what the potential consequences were.
They decided to return, and Mr. Jung applied for a second student visa, saying he wanted to study at a language school in Michigan. But when he returned to Toledo, he changed his mind, ultimately deciding to return to UT to study accounting.
When he wrote to the INS to tell them of his new plan, they denied continuation of his visa.
"The evidence clearly indicates that you did not intend to attend the Michigan Language Center and therefore entered the United States fraudulently," Robert Brown, INS district director, wrote to Mr. Jung in a letter dated Nov. 21, 1995.
Homeland security is going after them because of the Korean connection. If it was the INS they wouldn't do anything just like all the illegals that are already here that they can't touch.
Respectfully, the LAWS are the LAWS. As the immigration laws have become increasingly complex, they have become increasingly silly, insensitive and potentially abusive.
As thousands upon thousands troop across our border while "Homeland Security" beats on this good Christian family's door the respect for law swirls around the drain.
Minute Man can you even fire a gun....? Betcha could not hit the side of a barn from ten yards....
As I bite my tongue, God is putting a star in my crown. ;o)
Have a nice day. (/sarc)
In short, if you're here to pick grapes or wash dishes, we'll look the other way. However, if you come here to start a business or work as a loan officer, we'll come after you.
We need to make CRIMINAL INVASION a felony with a minimum one year jail and a $10,000 fine for first time invader.
We need to make aiding and abetting CRIMINAL INVADERS a felony with a minimum one year in jail with a $10,000 fine for each CRIMINAL abetted.
" These folks represent all that is good in the old fashioned idea what an immigrant should be."
Do people get a free pass on the law? The husband has admitted he did things wrong. Sorry, but these folks needs to get inline with the rest of the world's populace that wants to immigrate to the USA.
What other laws do these people want to simply ignore?
They've done their best to adhere to the law and have been unmercifully victimzed by gubmint red tape.
God willing the situation will never be reversed for you and you have to slog past an army of bureaucrats with whom you do not share a common language, and without sufficient legal advice.
May the black jackets never knock on your door.
I may be going out on a limb here, but I don't think Ralph was referring to consistency as in the consistent application of the law.
Or worse, have to get your drivers license renewed in California.
Well Suzie if you need your heartstrings tugged, you need only to meet Mr. Jung. I didn't just pick this article off of Drudge or some blog. I posted this article because I felt it summarized the situation better that I could.
My grandkids go to school with this fine young man. This is a family that does not not deserve this harassment.
Gee, Terry Schaivo had to die because we had to follow the RULE OF LAW. If they were here illegaly then we should follow the RULE OF LAW. There are plenty of good people waiting in line to become American Citizens.
THis should be done more often, not less.
ICE is focusing its enforcement efforts on illegal immigrants that fall into two broad categories: criminals and absconders. Lots of illegals have been convicted of violent crimes and then released back into America. Don't hold me to this number but I think there are about 175,000 of these. The remainder of the 465,000 people that ICE is trying to round up are absconders who are illegal immigrants that have skipped court dates which results in a deportation order or gone to court and been ordered to be deported but had failed to leave.
It sounds like this family falls into the absconder category. They missed some court dates back in 1996 which may or mayn't have been an honest mistake. It sounds like they fraudulently entered America on a student visa when they did not really intend on going to school.
I would have a lot more sympathy for them if during the last 9 years they had made some effort to rectify this situation. There are going to be some good people and some not so good people that get caught up as absconders but if court orders are not obeyed then we have chaos.
This wouldn't have happened if they were part of the hispanic/protected class of illegal aliens.
Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is a criminal, NO exceptions!
Deport all invaders, no matter where they originate.
So. Korea is not Hell, send them back.
Yeah, they did "do something" Kreskin.
Mrs. Jung was a stay at home mom and a Christian school aid instead of being "employed" as they had stated on one damned form or another (as I understand it). I'll post other articles to verify if I can find them.
What were they involved in when they left South Korea?
I believe it was homesickness!
Have a cynical day.
Thanks for reading the whole article anyway.
You would equate this gentle Christian family with 9/11 terrorists?
You are indeed a YO-YO.
They did. Has it occurred to you to wonder why only the mother is being shuffled from jail to jail?
They're getting abused on a technicality, IMHO.
You have a vivid imagination and it has a stench about it.
It's a filthy mess, and for sure it ain't by accident.
Must have been Isramic
You wouldn't recognize a CRIMINAL INVADER if he ran over you in a Mack truck, tough guy.
Go ahead, but take care, there are plenty out there already.
I don't think Ralph was referring to consistency as in the consistent application of the law.
consistency as in the consistent application of the law?
It's customary to put smiley faces or sarcasm indicators on statements like that.
Catch ya on bad day mom?
Plain enough Dick, sounds like a little piece of Nevada might be though.
If they were here MORE than ten years then they are entitled to apply for the rolling amnesty program.
I do not find it outragious since more likely than not they will now be subject to the system and through the appeals process be forced to become legal or leave.
Hope you're right, but I'm not certain they have the best counsel.
My idea would be for them to take a vacation to South Korea and stay just long enough to prepare the paper work to come here legally.
Too bad. If they had done it legally, they might be full citizens by now. If that is what they wanted.
Like the rest of the people who are waiting in line for their turn and abiding by our laws. Wonder what they think?
On the other hand, the U.S. government can be painfully slow. Maybe we need to fix the process.
Hang 'em High!
Why do I get the feeling that if we changed the words "Dae Jung", "Yung Jung" and "Korea" for "José Rodríguez", "María Rodríguez" and "Mexico", most Freepers would be calling for their immediate deportation???
The same folks that want hardcore immigration law enforcement, now then turn around and are willing to bend them a little bit.
Laws are to be enforced equally. No exceptions. No preference.
Sure as hell my parents, my sisters and I didn't benefit from any exceptions or preferences when we had to wait 11 years to come here legally.
P.S: Partial Colombia ping included.
If he is here illegally he derserves this harassment. When his visa ran out he should have left. He was here fraudulantly and therefore was asked to leave. I don't care how nice he is, he broke the law and now must stand for the consequences.
All of you defending this guy sound like liberals, this is the kind of excuse making they do to justify the law breaking that they regularly take part in. Now you are doing it because you know this man. I know a man who murdered his ex-wife, shot her in the back. He was the nicest guy I have ever known but I think he should be right where he is, in Mule Creek Prison in CA.
It doesn't matter how many illegals are getting away with this crap, that doesn't mean we give this one a free pass. I am for finding all of them and deporting them all, nice or not.
So, do YOU know why the governement got interested in them?
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