WASHINGTON, December 12 -
According to the Boston Globe, Qian Wu was beaten, choked, punched, and held at knifepoint by Chinese national Huang Chen. That was in 2006.
Her attacker was sent to prison in Exas, supposedly never to be heard of again. Or so she thought. Four years later, Wu was sitting alone in her apartment when guess who shows up ñ the person who assaulted her to begin with ñ busting through her door. HE reportedly said in a taunting voice, ìI bet you didnít expect to see me here.î
Wu called the police, and Chen quickly fled the scene, but 2 weeks later, he returned to finish what he began 4 years ago. Chen beat Ms. Wu to death with a hammer, stabbed her with a knife, leaving her to do die in her pool of blood.
Mr. Speaker, Ms. Wuís death did not have to occur. This crime could have actually been prevented. Chen should not have been back on the streets after serving time in prison, but he was, and hereís why.
After he had served his initial sentence for assaulting Ms. Wu, he was ordered legally deported back where he came from, back to China. But his home country our good old buddies the Chinese, refused to take him back. They didnít want him. And so they stalled and stalled and stalled, and over those 3 years of Chinese stalling and giving him the runaround, Chen was eventually freed ñ free to kill, and kill he did.
Mr. Speaker, this tragedy is not an isolated phenomenon. Unfortunately, other Americans have died as a result of this gaping hole in the immigration system. Itís no secret that everybody believes our immigration system is broken. Fixing it down the road will be complex and complicated. But there are some things that we can do about immigration right now to fix specific problems, and hereís one.
Currently, Mr. Speaker, thousands of criminal aliens are in our country, just like Chen, who have committed a crime and gone to prison. Our immigration system worked to order them deported, but their country wonít take them back. They refuse to do so. So those countries stall and delay and eventually never take back their outlaws. So by law, after the person serves the time in our prisons, we canít keep them indefinitely waiting on their country to take them back, and so they are eventually released. These countries know that, and thatís why they stall.
Many of those criminals now are running around on American streets looking for more crime and up to more malicious mischief.
The blood of American victims is not only on the hands of the felons who commit these crimes from foreign countries, but theyíre also the fault of those countries that refuse to take back these criminal citizens.