People had made fun of Wong due to his difficulty speaking English, leading him to feel "degraded," his loved ones told police.
Wong was recruited to his present job - the one he was laid off from this past November; I wonder if the recruiter was aware that existing employees were prone to teasing other employees about their language skills?
Read the news out of Binghamton here
I'm certain the shooting will bring to light - again - discussions about language requirements.
It seems Mr. Voong was dissatisfied with a lot of things, including his last name which he changed to Wong. And he had a lot of problems; his need for a hearing aid could have impacted his speech if not his ability to learn a second language.
He lived with his Mother and Father. Did Mom and Dad immigrate to American with two minor children? Could it be that he came to America perfectly fine, but pick up a drug habit that screwed up his thinking - something that happens to Americans young and old every day?
If so, does the responsibility fall on ICE to evaluate the mental and emotional health of children?
At what point does a child’s behavior problem become cause to turn parents away?
Mr. Voong/Wong obtained permits for two pistols in 1996 or 1997. Translation - he was a FOID card holder with a legal right to own the semi-automatic handguns he killed with. And his license was not revoked even after police noted he had a drug problem and might have been involved in planning a bank robbery.
Mr. Voong/Wong was no dummy, but he had a lot of problems. Problems that people around him were aware of. Mr. Voong/Wong's behavior doesn’t strike me as an very good reason for revamping the immigration system. It’s a story of our society’s indebtedness in dealing with mental health.
The truths in this tragedy have yet to be fully revealed – but the factoids remind me of a similar case, about a year ago when a Chinese kid shot up his school - or was he Korean? Nobody knew exactly – until it turned out he was just another wacked out American.
I wonder what the survivors and the family of the victims are thinking right now. Those people lost their lives on the path to US Citizenship. Was it worth it?
This is the discussion I'm hoping to promote with this post.
Perhaps you're right, Steve, and it is time to update the systems and requirements for immigration and onboarding. To take your analogy a step further, does that mean that we will become more and more selective (read: isolationist) about those who are "hired" into our system? Or that we will begin to cherry-pick the best and brightest from other countries to become Americans?
Just like onboarding into a company doesn't guarantee success, neither will a better onboarding as a citizen do the same. Yet we strive to improve enterprise onboarding yet do nothing on the immigration front. Doesn't make much sense to me...but hey, I'm 50 now and going downhill.