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Greg Siskind on Immigration Law and Policy

CONGRESS FINALLY SCRAPS WIDOW PENALTY

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Thanks to readers for the link. From the Times:

The Senate approved a measure on Tuesday that would end what has
become known as the "widow penalty" -- the government's practice of
annulling foreigners' applications for permanent residency when their
American spouses die before the marriage is two years old.

The measure, which passed 79-19, was contained in a conference report that accompanied an appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security. The House of Representatives passed the conference report last week. President Obama is expected to sign the bill into law.

While
the foreign spouse of a United States citizen may be eligible for
residency under American law, the government has argued that the
spouse's death before the two-year mark ends the marriage, canceling
the foreigner's right to be considered for residency and opening the
door to deportation.

The new provision does not directly address
the government's definition of marriage, but it allows foreigners
married to Americans for less than two years to submit their own
petition for residency within two years of the spouse's death, as long
as they have not remarried and can prove a good-faith marriage.

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  1. George Chell's Avatar
    Would like to know which senators voted against removing the widow penalty. I know CIS was lobbying against the removal.
  2. Greg Siskind's Avatar
    The language was incorporated in to the DHS spending bill so in fairness, the no votes may have related to problems with the spending bill not related to the widows.
  3. WD's Avatar
    When will they remove the 'Indian Penalty', which forces Indians to suffer in limbo for decades, and possibly face deportation if they lose the job?
  4. gg's Avatar
    This is a security threat for all husbands with applications for permanent residency ... .. Now they will be forced to treat their wives properly else ..
  5. George Chell's Avatar
    "When will they remove the 'Indian Penalty', which forces Indians to suffer in limbo for decades, and possibly face deportation if they lose the job?"

    Many are no longer suffering limbo. It is de facto American penalty as jobs are moved to the immigrant either back home or to places such as Singapore. It is a penalty for American taxpayers and social security recipients. Most are not staying in limbo anymore as jobs move with them to Singapore and elsewhere. It is a classic case of American economic suicide by the likes of Grassley and Durbin.
  6. George Chell's Avatar
    Thanks Greg. Tough one to figure out as it gives racists and antis a place to hide!
  7. George Chell's Avatar
    Looks like DHS is busy chasing Hispanics, illegals or otherwise, rather than more pressing matters...

    http://aviationblog.dallasnews.com/archives/2009/10/more-stories-on-the-northwest.html
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