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Some Trade Center families face deportation

On a sunny day last May as an emotional ceremony was being held at Ground Zero ending the search for victims, a New York woman and her 5-year-old son were in deportation proceedings at an Immigration and Naturalization Service office only a few blocks away. It didn’t matter that the woman’s husband had died in the World Trade Center attacks and that he was among those being honored at the service that very day. According to the INS, the woman did not have the right to remain in this country. After a legal battle that some major law firms launched on her behalf, the INS finally backed down and decided not to deport the mother and child -at least for the time being. But one has to wonder why INS bureaucrats felt the need to treat the unfortunate family so insensitively.There are roughly 200 other close relatives of 9/11 victims who face a similar nightmare of being deported as a result of the family member’s death. About half are relatives of those who were in the United States on work visas that permitted their spouses and children to live here. The rest are the relatives of immigrants here illegally when they died in the attacks. Full Story

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