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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Victims of circumstance

A widow and her children from Guyana are fighting to stay in this country after the untimely death of their husband/father. He was hired for a teaching position with the Department of Education, and was awaiting the approval of his green card. Due to his sudden death, the Department of Education stated they cannot offer the family a green card because "they don't qualify for employer-sponsored green cards." It's possible the widow and her children may have to move back to Guyana, missing their opportunity to live the American dream.

If I was a social worker, I would want to help this family. It's important for them to receive support, and the necessary resources that can help them obtain a green card. I believe everyone should have an opportunity to live here, and shouldn't be denied that chance because of death. Hopefully, this story will have a happy ending.

From the NY Daily News (4/5/11): Teacher dies before visa application is approved, leaving wife, sons adrift in immigration limbo

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/04/05/2011-04-05_teacher_dies_before_visa_application_is_approved_leaving_wife_sons_adrift_in_imm.html

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