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A Golden Opportunity

From: Voices of Our World
Length: 28:00

OPPORTUITY In the middle of a New York summer night in 1993, a rusty freighter, the Golden Venture ran aground off the coast of Rockaway Beach. Kathy Golden talks with attorney Craig Trebilcock, who has spent the last 13 years working to achieve legal residence status for 30 of the Golden Venture passengers Read the full description.

Blankets1_small Part One: GOLDEN OPPORTUITY In the middle of a New York summer night in 1993, a rusty freighter, the Golden Venture ran aground off the coast of Rockaway Beach. Forced to swim 300 yards to shore were 286 Chinese passengers who had each paid a ?snakehead?, a people smuggler, the equivalent of $30,000 dollars in the hope that they could live and work in America. Ten of the passengers drown, 6 escaped, 111 were deported and many were remanded to regional prisons for the next 4 years. Kathy Golden talks with attorney Craig Trebilcock, who has spent the last 13 years working to achieve legal residence status for 30 of the Golden Venture passengers. Part Two: THE HUDDLED MASSES The climax of their many months sailing from China to Thailand to Kenya to South Africa and then across the Atlantic, was being rescued by the Coast Guard and then arrested by the Immigration and Naturalization Service officers. Of the initial 111 persons deported, nearly half have made 2nd and 3rd attempts to come back to the United States. When returned to China, Yan Li was arrested, fined, beaten and sterilized and yet paid $50,000 dollars for a 2nd chance to become an American. Today Yan Li is a tax paying chef at a restaurant in Arkansas, but he is by no means ?legal?. Like Craig Trebilcock, Beverly Church, a paralegal, has spent the last 13 years pressing Congress to get the Golden Venture passengers out of legal limbo. Michael Jones speaks with Beverly Church.

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Part One: GOLDEN OPPORTUITY In the middle of a New York summer night in 1993, a rusty freighter, the Golden Venture ran aground off the coast of Rockaway Beach. Forced to swim 300 yards to shore were 286 Chinese passengers who had each paid a ?snakehead?, a people smuggler, the equivalent of $30,000 dollars in the hope that they could live and work in America. Ten of the passengers drown, 6 escaped, 111 were deported and many were remanded to regional prisons for the next 4 years. Kathy Golden talks with attorney Craig Trebilcock, who has spent the last 13 years working to achieve legal residence status for 30 of the Golden Venture passengers. Part Two: THE HUDDLED MASSES The climax of their many months sailing from China to Thailand to Kenya to South Africa and then across the Atlantic, was being rescued by the Coast Guard and then arrested by the Immigration and Naturalization Service officers. Of the initial 111 persons deported, nearly half have made 2nd and 3rd attempts to come back to the United States. When returned to China, Yan Li was arrested, fined, beaten and sterilized and yet paid $50,000 dollars for a 2nd chance to become an American. Today Yan Li is a tax paying chef at a restaurant in Arkansas, but he is by no means ?legal?. Like Craig Trebilcock, Beverly Church, a paralegal, has spent the last 13 years pressing Congress to get the Golden Venture passengers out of legal limbo. Michael Jones speaks with Beverly Church.

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