2007_01_yukilin2.jpgFeeling the sting of controversy - and perhaps wanting to keep relations with Chinese-Americans warm - after disqualifying a newborn Chinese-American baby born to non-legal U.S. residents in a New Year's scholarship contest, Toys R Us has decided to give all three babies in the drawing $25,000 scholarships. Here's the toy retailer's statement:

"We love all babies. We deeply regret that this sweepstakes became a point of controversy. As a result, we have decided to award all three babies in the grand prize pool a $25,000 savings bond."

People had been upset with the company's original decision denying little Yuki Lin, born at NYC's Downtown Hospital, a scholarship for the first baby born in 2007. It turns out that Lin had won the original drawing but then was disqualified because of Lin's mother legal status - the parents are two 22 year old Chinese immigrants working in Chinatown restaurants. If Toys R Us had these concerns, why was Lin even in the drawing to begin with? (Their contest seems flawed.). City Councilman John Liu said, "How does a company like Toys 'R' Us stick it to a baby on the first day of her life?"

At any rate, three babies, Yuki, Jayden Swain of Gainesville, Georgia and Yadira Esmeralda born in Bayshore, Long Island, are winners now. Swain's grandmother, Janet Keller, who originally said that a baby born to illegal aliens would be illegal herself, said the new decision by Toys R Us was "wonderful as long as my granny gets his share."

Albert Wang, a lawyer who had been criticizing the original decision, was pleased with the outcome, telling the NY Times, "I think justice has been done." He added that while Yuki's parents' status had been exposed, "...the safest place is actually the eye of the storm and any politician who says we should deport the parents, it would be the end of their political career."