Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Untold Story of an Undocumented Immigrant Family Torn Apart by 9/11


Luis Alfonso Chimbo at the Windows on the World restaurant in New York, circa 2000.
Courtesy of the Chimbo family
As we know, September 11, 2001 was a watershed in the United States.  It led to many changes in immigration law and enforcement.  Rather than focus on that, Tom Roston for Time tells a story of the American Dream of an undocumented immigrant, Luis Alfonso Chimbo, who died in the World Trade Center on September 11, and his widpow, Ana Soria.  

Roston writes:

"In 2001, Windows [on the World] was the highest-grossing restaurant in the country. It had become a must-see destination for out-of-town guests, a go-to special occasion spot for New Yorkers and a lifeline to hundreds and hundreds of working immigrants, some of whom, like Chimbo, were undocumented.

The Windows on the World staff of 400-plus workers included immigrants from more than two dozen countries. On 9/11, Chimbo was one of the seventy-three Windows employees who died, along with six men working on a renovation job for the restaurant, and ninety-one guests."

Roston is the author of The Most Spectacular Restaurant in the World: The Twin Towers, Windows on the World, and the Rebirth of New York.




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