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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

9/11 Victims Families Still Waiting in Immigration Limbo

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The terror attacks on 9/11 claimed victims from many backgrounds. One group we don't hear much about are those who were working without authorization - many at the Windows on the World restaurant. Twelve family members of those killed have been in an uncertain immigration status in the years since.  In 2008, they won the right to work legally here. But they have no path to anything resembling permanent residence status. Like immediate relatives of soldiers killed in the wars that resulted from 9/11, this is a group of individuals who deserve special consideration. Congress could pass a private bill granting them permanent residency and it would be the decent thing to do. Hopefully, this will be the last anniversary of the tragedy that will pass without resolving this.

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  1. NYC's Avatar
    1. It was 2008, not 1998, when Secretary Chertoff first granted them deferred action or parole.
    2. A bill has been introduced in each of the recent Congressional sessions to grant LPR status to this group. HR 1557 is the most recent version.
    3. Private bill has never been a realistic option.
    4. The article does not point out that several of the persons in this group have already obtained Green Cards by a special path.
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    NYC - Thanks for catching the typo. As for saying private bills are not a realistic option, that's only because we have a Congress that is in utter gridlock, not because it's an option that wouldn't work. We don't need to excuse the dysfunctional Congress' inability to do its job by simply saying its not possible.
  3. USC's Avatar
    "As for saying private bills are not a realistic option, that's only because we have a Congress that is in utter gridlock, not because it's an option that wouldn't work."

    Agreed. The process needs to reformed so that if a Congressman/Senator takes the time and effort to introduce a Private Bill, it should be rubber stamped by Congress and signed into law by the President. If a Congressman/Senate abuses this privilege and uses his/her power to solicit bribes then he should be prosecuted, as were the ABSCAM Congressmen.
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