Posthumous Citizenship Being Pushed For 911 Victims

From Hoy

January 30, 2002

The Mexican representative for immigrant issues will ask U.S. legislators to grant posthumous citizenship to the Mexicans that died in the terrorist attacks of September 11th, as well as to their surviving family members.

Juan Hernandez, appointed by President Vicente Fox to campaign for better treatment of Mexican immigrants, traveled to New York to meet with U.S. Representative Jose Serrano, a Democrat who supported a measure to grant citizenship to the victims of the attacks.

Hernandez told the press that he would ask Serrano to concede citizenship to the victims and their families, as well as allow that they be eligible to receive aid granted to U.S. citizens.

Hernandez_s office has given an initial payment of $3,300 to every Mexican family who lost a member in the attacks.

Hernandez said he is confident that Congress sensitivity will allow for a quick and favorable decision over this issue which the Fox administration considers a priority.

The Mexican community was the one group that was most affected by the September 11th attacks. Several Mexican nationals worked in the restaurants of the bottom floors of the World Trade Center Towers. Others labored as janitors and some were employed in the computer companies that disappeared when the twin towers were destroyed after two commercial airliners filled with passengers and fuel crashed into the buildings.

 

(Translated from Spanish by Armando Reyes)

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