Friday, April 25, 2008
Dan Kanstroom (Boston College) reports that he has been working for some time with BC alum Debra Brown Steinberg, of Cadwalader, Wickersham, and Taft, to try to obtain legal immigration status for some noncitizen victims of the 9/11 attacks and their families. Manny Vargas has recently been weighing in with critical, helpful insights.
And the N.Y. Times reports the good news! Julia Preston reports that federal officials have opened a path to temporary legal status for undocumented immigrants whose spouses or parents died on 9/11. Lawyers for the immigrants said a concession by Homeland Security officials would help to bring the family members out of the shadows. They also said the measure should help clear a political logjam that has stalled bills in Congress that would grant the immigrants permanent legal status.