Tue Huynh left Vietnam at age 13 to join his father. The next year, his father became a US Citizen, but he did not know he should also apply for a Green Card on Tue's behalf. At 16, feeling outcast as he was struggling to adapt to a completely foreign land, Tue joined a gang. At age 17, Tue was arrested for having been present during a gang stabbing (he was not the one stabbing). His public defender pressed Tue, who was naive about the US legal system, to take a plea deal so he would not potentially get a life sentence. He plead guilty to lesser charges, but was harshly sentenced to 24 years.