Hiu Lui Ng came to New York from Hong Kong in 1992 as a seventeen year old: fifteen years later he was a computer engineer with a job in the Empire State Building, a house in Queens, a wife who is a United States citizen and two American-born sons. Last year when he went to apply for his final interview for a green card after overstaying a visa, Mr. Ng was detained at Immigration and Customs Enforcement where he has been in custody ever since. Last Wednesday, two days after his thirty-fourth birthday, he died. In April of this year, Mr. Ng began complaining of excruciating back pain...before he died he could not walk or stand. The New York Times noted: "Mr. Ng’s death follows a succession of cases that have drawn Congressional scrutiny to complaints of inadequate medical care, human rights violations and a lack of oversight in immigration detention..."
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