SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The family of Rongxin Liao, an 87-year-old Chinese immigrant, has decided to send him back to his home city of Guangzhou, Guangdong, China after he was assaulted multiple times in America. Rongxin Liao has lived in the United States for decades but has been the victim of several attacks, leading his family to believe that America has become too dangerous for him.
Liao’s son, Jing Liao, expressed concern over the deteriorating public safety situation in San Francisco and revealed that his father has been brutally attacked on multiple occasions. The family made the difficult decision to send Rongxin Liao back to China in order for him to live out the remainder of his days in peace.
In one high-profile case in 2020, security footage caught a man jump-kicking Rongxin Liao as he sat in his walker waiting for a bus on a street in San Francisco. Despite appearing in court multiple times to seek justice, his attacker received only a seven-month jail sentence and was later transferred to a mental health clinic, raising questions about the handling of the case.
Rongxin Liao’s experience is not an isolated incident. In recent years, San Francisco has seen a rise in assaults, with the city’s crime statistics showing a 4.9% decrease in assaults in 2023, but an 8.8% increase in 2022 compared to the previous year.
The decision to send Rongxin Liao back to China highlights the growing concerns over safety and security in American cities, particularly for elderly immigrants who may struggle with language barriers and mobility issues. Despite the challenges, Liao’s family hopes that he will find peace and safety in his home country after enduring such traumatic experiences in the United States.