Steve Li was living up to his - and his parents' - American dream until his untold past caught up to him.
The 20-year-old City College of San Francisco student was chasing his goal to open a medical clinic serving the immigrant community, when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials knocked on the door of his Ingleside apartment more than a month and a half ago.
Now he faces deportation to a country where he has no friends or family.
While experts say his situation is not unusual, his case now has the support of
Li, whose legal name is Shing Ma Li, was born in Peru but always thought he was in the United States legally because his tourist visa has a 2012 expiration date.
What his mother, Li Maria Ma, 50, never told him was that the tourist visas his family was granted in 2002 didn't mean they could stay for 10 years.