Rep. Maloney Statement on the Pardoning of Chin Mei Tsui

Mar 9, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK,  NY– Following Governor Andrew’s Cuomo announcement that he issued a pardon to Chin Mei Tsui, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement. 


“New York State is standing with Chin and I commend Governor Cuomo for his leadership on this issue. I couldn’t be happier for Chin, his loved ones, and his supporters at the Transgender Law Center. I strongly advocated for Chin’s pardon and am working to ensure his swift release from ICE detention. I will not stop until he is a free man, and we finally bring him home.” 



• Chin Mei Tsui is a transgender man and survivor of human trafficking who has been held in Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) custody for years, including 19 months spent in solitary confinement due to his gender identity. 


• In January, Rep. Maloney led a NY Congressional Delegation letter to ICE demanding answers about his release from detention and the status of his hearing. 


Full letter here.


• In February, Chin’s immigration proceedings were terminated, and his legal permanent resident status was reissued. 


• On March 4th, Rep. Maloney led another NY Congressional Delegation letter to ICE regarding the status of Chin’s release following the reinstatement of his legal permanent resident status.


Full letter here.