The morbid humor about all this causes me to swerve the thread toward /p/
Brian Harrison may be a legal citizen. He is/was the CEO of Solyndra, which managed to swindle the U.S. government out of 535 million taxpayer dollars, and then the company squandered it because it may have been a fraudulent business. They might have acted irresponsibly. They may have been unaware about how to do the right thing. Did they lie? Is this an example of crony capitalism? Will anyone be punished?
Wei Zheng, the owner of Wei Wei restaurant, may have engaged in so-called real capitalism. And he's from China. He started a business. He offered a product that others were willing to buy with money. Apparently, he did well enough to sustain the business and maybe his family. But the 37-year-old Mr. Zheng may get deported because of a mistake he made when he was 19-years-old. He told a lie. Mmm. A lot of politicians tell lies, and they serve no jail time. Mr. Zheng has been jailed for six weeks.
From the Blade story:
The couple's restaurant, Wei Wei Noodles on North Reynolds Road near Dorr Street, closed after Mr. Zheng was taken into custody, ending the family's only source of income and putting its four employees out of work.
"I know I made the mistake of lying to the immigration court in New York. I am deeply sorry for what I have done. I was 17 years old when I came to the U.S. After over 20 years, I am a father of three. I know how to take responsibility. I know how to do the right thing. And I just want to be with and take care of my family," Mr. Zheng wrote.
Even though the restaurant is closed, Mrs. Zheng said she still must pay the rent, utilities, and insurance on the restaurant as well as take care of the family's other bills and pay the mortgage on their home.
Robert Cohen, an immigration lawyer in Columbus, said cases such as the one involving Mr. Zheng pose dire consequences to families and harm communities economically. "What will we accomplish by sending him back to China and destroying his family?" Mr. Cohen asked. He said that deporting Mr. Zheng not only would break up a family but could cause them to lose their home to foreclosure, take away their means of support, and permanently put the restaurant out of business, creating unemployment.
Mr. Zheng is probably a more responsible citizen than a good percentage of the legal U.S. citizens.
Sure, Wei Wei only employed four people, but I would rather have more small business owners like Mr. Zheng than whatever went on between Solyndra and the U.S. government.
How long does it take for the bloated and inept government to grant someone citizenship?
No need to raise a fuss over any of this. We need to remain calm, look the other way, and realize that this is the way it is here.