To Let Surviving Spouses Stay
On Sunday, 60 Minutes replayed a story about immigrants who have married American citizens, but whose spouses have died before the interview to prove their marriage to the Department of Homeland Security.
In some cases, mothers of citizen children are at risk of deportation – and either taking their children to a strange country or leaving the child behind to be raised by other relatives.
A couple of bills would address these situations.
H.R. 182 would provide discretionary authority to immigration judges to decide that the alien parent of a United States citizen child does not have to deported.
S. 815 would allow surviving spouses to petition for treatment as immediate family members under the immigration laws, which would generally allow them to stay in the United States.
What say you? Should surviving spouses get to stay in their adopted land and the land of their loved one? Or should they go?
Here are the current votes on H.R. 182 and S. 815. Click to vote, comment, learn more, or edit the wiki articles about the bills.