I have no idea as to this man's intentions. I can only assume the best .... that he was simply trying to help people attain a better life here in America. While I realize the problem illegal immigration has become, it also saddens me to see people like Jiang treated in the manner he has been treated. The day his home was raided and he was taken into custody I remember seeing on the news his front door being busted down by agents. It was quite a scene in an otherwise quiet neighborhood.
The thing that really disturbs me though is that he will be deported back to China - a country that is well known for human rights violations. Among the violations are:
- Torture and Ill Treatment of prisoners
- "Reeducation" camps
- The Death Penalty - Defendants can be put to death for NON-violent criminal offenses, such as theft and often do not have access to lawyers.
- Abduction and Trafficking of Women
It disturbs me to think of what may happen to Jiang if/when he is deported. Sure, he broke the law. He lied. He harbored illegal immigrants hoping to make a better life for themselves. But when I look at the situation in China I have to ask which is worse, lying to help others or sending a man back into a country where he may be tortured and/or killed. And then I have to ask, should we speak up for this man? If he were a Christian brother helping others flee a repressive regime in order to worship freely, would we view this differently? Would we speak up then?
Or, maybe I'm just off my rocker.You can read more of the story here.