Rep. Maloney Statement on the Release of Chin Mei Tsui from ICE Detention

Mar 11, 2020
Press Release

NEW YORK, NY– Following the announcement that Chin Mei Tsui has finally been released from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) custody, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (NY-12) issued the following statement. 


“I am relieved and overjoyed that Chin has finally been released from ICE custody. Like so many transgender people detained by ICE, Chin was held in solitary confinement for arbitrary or discriminatory reasons and his health suffered due to the lack of specialized medical care. Many transgender detainees are seeking to escape transphobic violence in their home countries, but are then subject to dangerous, harmful, and isolating conditions in ICE custody. We must ensure that ICE no longer implements these systematic abuses that are disguised as policy. I’m thankful to the advocates at the Transgender Law Center who fought tirelessly for Chin and to my colleagues in the New York Congressional Delegation who joined me in advocating for his release. Today, Chin is finally home and we wish him the best as he begins to heal with his loved ones.”




  • 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 4, 2020 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.


  • On March 7, 2020 New York Governor Andrew Cuomo issued a pardon for Chin. You can see Rep. Maloney’s full statement here.