Photograph of David Hyun, left, and his family: David Jr., standing next to globe; Freeland, sitting on the floor; and Hyun's wife, Mary. Hyun, a native of Korea, was one of four people whom U.S. Immigration Service officials sent to a Terminal Island detention center in 1949 to await deportation hearings. During the late 1940s, many aliens were arrested for violating the Alien Registration Act, requiring aliens living in the U.S. to register and be fingerprinted. The Act also allowed aliens to be deported for joining an organization that advocated overthrow of the government. The Los Angeles Civil Rights Congress, one of the group's that represented Hyun during deportation proceedings, claimed Hyun was considered a dangerous alien because of his political activities, such as organizing white collar workers in Hawaii to join the United Office and Profesional Workers of America. Hyun remained active in labor union work and other political activities when he and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1947. Two years later, he was sent to Terminal Island for deportation hearings. With help from the Los Angeles Civil Rights Congress and the Los Angeles Committee for Protection of the Foreign Born, Hyun eventually won his fight to remain in the United States.
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