New York, NY —
Governor Paterson has pardoned a Chinese immigrant from New York City who faced deportation for robberies he committed as a teenager. Qing Hong Wu served three years in a reformatory, where he earned his GED. Since his release, he's pursued a successful career in information technology. When he got engaged in 2007, Wu decided to become a U.S. citizen and contacted federal authorities. But he was detained last November after disclosing his prior convictions. Wu got support from civil rights groups, a former judge who sentenced him in 1996, and from the Police Benevolent Association, where the 29-year-old used to work. The governor's pardon will allow him to remain in the U.S., where he has lived since age 5.