September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief Act
It has been more than ten years since the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Throughout the country, we honor the lives we lost that day and expressed our nation’s sympathies to the loved ones of those who died. As a nation we stood together, united in our resolve to help rebuild the lives of all families who found themselves on the front lines of the attacks.
Among the bereaved are a dozen immigrant spouses and children of innocent World Trade Center victims, who, having become part of our history, now ask to become part of our country. The Department of Homeland Security under the Bush Administration and the Obama Administration has allowed the affected spouses and children to stay here while a permanent solution is crafted by Congress. Nearly ten years later, the surviving spouses and children of legal employment-based visa holders and undocumented workers who were killed during the attacks should no longer be in limbo. In this spirit I have introduced the September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act, which would provide this special group of spouses and children an opportunity to become U.S. permanent residents.
While we can’t undo the pain these families have had to endure, we can offer them hope and the opportunity to move forward with their lives.
04/14/11 - H.R.1557, September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act of 2011 [112th Congress]
07/22/09 - H.R.3290, September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act of 2009 [111th Congress]
02/15/07 - H.R.1071, September 11 Family Humanitarian Relief and Patriotism Act [110th Congress]