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Yuen-Ming Sin, a highly skilled bilingual Chinese-speaking Speech and Language Pathologist who has been working in the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for the past eight and a half years helping nearly a thousand San Francisco students with communication and special education needs will lose her job and has to leave the United States when her work-visa expires.  In SFUSD, 29% of students need bilingual help and 38.7% of English learners are Chinese-speakers.  For nearly a decade Ms. Sin has served Chinese-speaking preschool students and their families as the only Chinese-bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural Speech and Language Pathologist in the San Francisco Unified School District.  The Chinese community in San Francisco needs Ms. Sin's specialized professional skills to assist our students with their special education needs and to help parents understand those needs.   Without a sponsorship for permanent residency status from SFUSD, Ms. Sin will be forced to leave a job she holds dear, the place she calls home, and the community she serves.   從2003年,線婉明受聘於三藩市聯合校區,是該校區唯一的一位專為華裔三歲至五歲學童做測試的華裔雙語語言治療師,在以往八年多,她已經服務了近千個華裔學童及其家庭。最近其H1B工作證期滿,而因為三藩市聯合校區欠缺支持移民員工申請永久居留(綠卡)的政策,導致線氏必要離職及離開美國。三藩市校區內的雙語學童,華裔差不多佔四成,三藩市的華人社區,極之需要有如線婉明的資深專業人才,為華裔家庭服務。    鑑於線氏已經為校區及本地華人,獻出心血,服務了將近十年長的時間,現懇請三藩市聯合校區教委會與校監Garcia,竭盡所能,立即為這位難得的雙語語言治療師線婉明,向移民局進行擔保永久居留申請。 For more information about the importance of this case, please visit http://www.ktsf.com/en/community-leaders-call-for-immigrant-teacher-to-stay/  http://www.caasf.org/wp-content/uploads/PDFs/Lau_Response_01_30_07.pdf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau_v._Nichols

Letter to
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Mr. Norman Yee
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Jane Kim
and 19 others
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Sean R. Elsbernd
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Scott Wiener
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor David Campos
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor John Avalos
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Malia Cohen
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Eric Mar
San Francisco Office of the Mayor Mayor Edwin M. Lee
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Carmen Chu
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor David Chiu
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Ms. Sandra Lee Fewer
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Ms. Kim-Shree Maufas
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Dr. Emily M. Murase
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Ms. Rachel Norton
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Ms. Jill Wynns
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Esther V. Casco
Superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia
San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education Ms. Hydra B. Mendoza
San Francisco Board of Supervisors Supervisor Mark Farrell
Representative Nancy Pelosi
As a citizen concerned about the Chinese community in San Francisco, I am sending this letter of support on behalf of Yuen-Ming Sin, a bilingual Chinese-speaking Speech and Language Pathologist who has been employed by the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) for the past eight and a half years helping nearly a thousand San Francisco students with communication and special education needs. However, despite her significant contributions, Ms. Sin will lose her job and has to leave the United States when her work-visa expires unless SFUSD sponsors a petition for permanent residency status (green card) on her behalf.
 
The Chinese community, in particular, in San Francisco needs Ms. Sin's specialized professional skills to assist our students with their special educational needs and to help parents understand those needs.  In SFUSD, 29% of students need bilingual help and 38.7% of English learners are Chinese-speakers.  Many of these families do not have proficient English skills and are unfamiliar with special education.  For many years, Ms. Sin has served Chinese-speaking preschool students and their families in your school district as the only Chinese-bilingual, bi-literate and bi-cultural Speech and Language Pathologist.  
 
Without a sponsorship from SFUSD, Ms. Sin will be forced to leave a job she holds dear, the place she calls home, and the community she serves.  As someone who is concerned about retaining highly skilled professionals that have invested in our schools and community, I urgently ask that Superintendent Carlos Garcia and the SFUSD Board of Education take immediate action and proceed with petition for permanent residence on Ms. Sin’s behalf.
 
Thank you.
 
致三藩市聯合校區教委會與校監 Carlos Garcia:
最近新聞媒介報導一位華裔雙語語言治療師線婉明,因其H1B工作證期滿,而因為三藩市聯合校區欠缺支持移民員工申請永久居留(綠卡)的政策,導致線氏必要離職及離開美國。本人支持線婉明,並促請三藩市聯合校區負責人士,切勿再拖延,盡快繼續為線婉明擔保永久居留(綠卡)申請。
三藩市校區內的雙語學童,華裔差不多佔四成,而有很多家長屬新移民,不熟識美國教育制度,對特殊教育服務更感陌生,又或英語程度並未達到流利程度,故此能夠得到一位如線婉明的資深專業人才協助,她不但曉講流利的廣東話,通曉寫作及閱讀中文,更了解移民心態,能直接與學童和家長溝通,實屬難能可貴。在以往八年多,線婉明是三藩市校區唯一一位專為華裔三歲至五歲學童做測試的雙語語言治療師,已經服務了近千個華裔學童及其家庭。
線氏在三藩市生活及做事差不多十年,建立了不少的友誼,覺得難捨難離。而其同事、朋友及鄰居對線婉明目前的處境,甚覺驚訝,又焦慮又失望。現時三藩市校區給予線氏一年停薪留職,但仍欠缺確實的承諾,為她重新申請永久居留。而實際上沒有三藩市校區的支持,線氏根本無可能返回原職。 本人極之關注挽留對本地社區有貢獻的專業人才,現懇請三藩市聯合校區教委會與校監Garcia,竭盡所能,立即為這位難得的雙語語言治療師線婉明,向移民局進行擔保永久居留申請。
謝謝 !