A teenager who begged not to be deported to China because human smugglers would kill him over a debt has been granted permanent residency in the United States.
A lawyer for Young Zheng says the 18-year-old's permanent residency was approved September 19th and that his green card will be issued soon.
Zheng has been fighting for asylum since his arrival in 2003. He says he's not wanted by his father because he is the family's second-born. He says he also faces reprisals from human traffickers over an unpaid 65-thousand dollar smuggling fee.
Zheng is now a high school sophomore in the Houston area with plans to apply for citizenship, which he will be eligible to do in five years. He says he would like to attend either Rice University or the University of Texas.
He says the green card is a "dream come true."