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Department of Homeland Security Suspends “Widow Penalty”
The Obama administration took another step toward restoring fairness and humaneness to the immigration system this week. On Tuesday, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that she would grant a two-year reprieve to immigrants who were married to U.S. citizens but did not complete the permanent residency process because their American spouses died during the application process. This policy announcement is the latest in a series of changes the Obama administration has made that signal a change in the “enforcement only” stance of the previous administration.

4 Thoughts to “Department of Homeland Security Suspends “Widow Penalty””

  1. Moon-howler

    Seems fair to me. Weren’t there a bunch of war widows who had gotten entrapped by this?

  2. Witness Too

    Indeed, M-H. Here is a website that had been created to try to end this injustice.

  3. Moon-howler

    Thanks for that link, Witness. It is difficult to anticipate all the loopholes isn’t it.

  4. Ward Cleaver

    I can hear it now:

    Him: “Well, the deadline is getting close and you haven’t been to the classes but once. What are you going to do?”.

    Her: “No problem. Here, have a nice bowl of soup.”

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