- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 21, 2009

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A federal judge in Los Angeles has ordered the Department of Homeland Security to reopen the cases of 22 people denied green cards because their American spouses died during the application process.

U.S. District Judge Christina A. Snyder issued the preliminary ruling Monday in the class-action lawsuit. She is expected to make a final decision after a hearing Wednesday.

Snyder cited a 2006 appeals court decision that said applicants don’t lose their status as spouses of citizens if the spouse dies before the government rules on their residency applications.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Brent Renison says immigration officials “dragged their heels” on the applications and that more than 200 people across the country are affected by the widow penalty.

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Los Angeles Times, https://www.latimes.com

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