From the NY Times:
Fourteen immigrants who were in the country illegally when their relatives were killed in the World Trade Center attacks are still waiting to gain permanent residency, and their lawyer said their tenuous immigration status could be imperiled if Congress does not act.
But Representative Carolyn Maloney, the sponsor of a bill that would grant green cards to the immigrants, said she had been building bipartisan support for the legislation and hoped it would pass Congress’s current session.
The 14 are the spouses or children of workers who were killed when the twin towers fell on Sept. 11, 2001, many of them while on the job at the Windows on the World restaurant. All received payments from the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund ranging from $875,000 to $4.1 million, but because they are in the country illegally, they have lived in fear of being deported. And because they do not have proper identification, it can be difficult to get a driver’s license, a job or a place at school.
Hey, first responders (all Americans) are still dying from exposure to 9/11 toxins and some of them were denied compensation and don't have access to adequate health care, but let's legalize the families of illegal aliens that died and give them millions! What a great use of Congressional time. Did anyone explain to Carolyn that their relatives wouldn't have died if they had abided by American immigration laws in the first place? Welcome to America, the country that cares more about people who don't belong here than their own citizens.
Hey look what else we're paying for...