The accident occurred June 7 when a wall collapsed, killing Jian Guo Shen, a 44-year-old Chinese man living in Flushing, while working at a construction site in Elmhurst. He had come to this country in 1999 from Shanghai, perhaps for a better life, but ended up doing odd jobs and lost his life. It is a tragedy.It's also very sad that his wife, Yue Xia Zhang, was at first unable to come to Flushing because the U.S. consulate in that city had rejected her application for a visa for security reasons. That obviously devastated the deceased's family. Officials were concerned that her brief sojourn to recover the body of her husband would have posed a threat to our national security.The immigration authorities also had suspected the two were no longer husband and wife after the couple had been separated geographically for four years, and there was a possibility she might have remained in this country once she got here, according to local Chinese media.It is unlikely she would choose to stay here as a stranger without any marketable skills. Even if she wanted to stay, the fresh memory of her late husband's plight could deter her.Recognizing that a visa rejection in such a tragic case is morally wrong, community leaders and politicians came to her rescue. City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) and U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY) flexed their political muscles, calling on authorities to reconsider this case so that Zhang could come in accordance with a humanitarian parole, according to the TimesLedger Newspapers
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