• Petitioned Immigration and Customs Enforcement

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Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Office of Inspector General

ICE: Give Mom Back to Toby

    1. CJ Wang
    2. Petition by

      CJ Wang


Jian Ling Lin, a mother of three from China, was picked up by ICE as a collateral arrest during a sting operation. She was never charged with committing any crime.

Jian Ling has three babies, the youngest of whom is only 5 months old. The heartbroken 10-year-old in the video is Toby.  Her 62-year-old father is dying from advanced diabetes and arthritis.  His son, Jian Ling's brother, died in 2004 of liver cancer.  His wife, Jian Ling's mother, died in 2008 of lung cancer.  He and the three children are struggling to survive without her. Jian Ling was the family's source of financial and physical support.

Jian Ling has been in immigration detention since June. She should have been released under supervision immediately after her detention. She has no criminal history and she was the primary caretaker of her Green Card father and three United States Citizen children.

However, the corrupt immigration officer handling Jian Ling’s case, Mr. Ziegler, proved to be inept and dishonest. He put off reviewing Jian Ling's file in favor of the shooting range. When Jian Ling's lawyer pressured Mr. Ziegler to consider the factors supporting her release, Mr. Ziegler ignored the fact that Jian Ling has three extremely young children, a dying father, and no criminal background. He even cited a possible criminal case as a reason for keeping Jian Ling behind bars for four months now.

This is NOT a legal reason for keeping Jian Ling locked up.   However, because of Mr. Ziegler, Jian Ling is still unable to see her family to this day.

Please help Toby by requesting his mom's release.

Recent signatures



      CJ Wang
      by CJ Wang
      Petition Organizer

      TOBY IS GETTING HIS MOM BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Today, an astounding TWO DAYS after our petition began, ICE released Jian Ling. She is free. Toby will be tucked in tonight and Mia will kiss her mamma tonight. We did it! You did it! Thank you all for your help. Jian Ling was released because of YOU. You stood up for a son's right to have his mother’s love. You stood up for an elderly father's right to have the care of his daughter. Your signature on this online petition made the difference.

      Thank you. We're declaring a victory!

    2. Reached 500 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • mary langus STATEN ISL, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      It is wrong. She is not a criminal.

    • Henry Li 2E, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Children need their mom back, that is what matters most.

    • Christie Li WOODHAVEN, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Release Jian Ling Lin.....the kids need mom.......

    • Edward Primus NEW YORK, NY
      • about 2 years ago

      Human rights are always important to me no matter the race of the person who is violated. I have also known what it means to be falsely accused and had to face the prospect of almost losing my daughter. No one should have to be separated from their family on spurious grounds

    • may cheng PHILADELPHIA, PA
      • about 2 years ago

      she has three kids and they need MOM... Release her.


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