Monday, March 22, 2010
Widow of American Rabbi Murdered in Mumbai Harrassed by US Immigration, Told She Can't Visit Her Eight Children in US
Can you imagine how hard it is for this poor woman to make ends meet, adjust her life, and deal with the constant pain of the loss of her dear husband—without being harassed by immigration??
This is ridiculous! The immigration authorities allow Mexicans with American children to come into the country, get a green card, and live here to establish residency, why not an Israeli woman whose husband was killed by terrorists in Mumbai? For G-d’s sake! She is the widow of an American Citizen killed by terrorists!!! Obviously this was not a “green card” marriage!
Most people do NOT have eight children in a green-card marriage!!
Her trips were too frequent? Is that what they say to the people traveling across the border of Mexico two or three times a day, sometimes? Do they say that to Canadians who go back and forth to shopping, business, and other pursuits? I bet if they took at look at her passport they would see that she is here for JEWISH HOLIDAYS.
What do they think she is doing?
Yes, people, we have a lot of holidays, and we like to spend them with our families—especially our kids.
It sounds like a little meddling by the Obama administration to show their contempt of Israel, if you ask me. How dare they harass a widow like this!!
Shame on the immigration official who made this heartless decision. May that agent never know the pain that this woman knows!
Please, if you are completely exhausted from phoning your representatives about the healthcare hell we have been plunged into, take a moment to make a phone call on the behalf of this widow and her children.
If you are looking for a way to spend your Charity Money, perhaps someone will establish a legal fund for her that we can all donate to. Please let me know if you are aware of such a fund so that I can post it by leaving me a comment.
This is serious! We need to protect her!!
Terror-widow 'deport' fear
Kid-visit woe after Mumbai
By JOHN DOYLE
The widow of a Brooklyn-born rabbi, murdered two years ago by terrorists in Mumbai, is facing an immigration nightmare that threatens to keep her from seeing her eight children in New York.
Frumet Teitelbaum, 37, an Israeli citizen, was stopped by US Customs and Border Protection agents at Kennedy Airport after flying in from Israel on Feb. 5.
Since her husband's murder, Frumet, a religious-studies teacher, had been regularly traveling without problems from her home in Israel to the US to visit her children, ages 2 to 14, who are staying with her husband's family in Borough Park, Brooklyn. The kids, all American citizens, are being schooled in New York.
But Frumet's frequent travels finally raised a red flag with Customs officials, who cited her for overusing her visitor's visa, said her lawyer, Michael Wildes.
Frumet's valid travel visa was consequently stamped with restrictions limiting her time in the United States and making it difficult for her to extend her stay or secure residency here, Wildes said.
She must leave the country again early next month. Otherwise, she faces possible deportation, authorities said.
Immigration and Customs officials said they could not discuss specifics of Teitelbaum's case because of privacy laws.
Teitelbaum was living in Jerusalem with her husband, Rabbi Leibish Teitelbaum, 37, in 2008 when he traveled to Mumbai, India, for his work as a mashgiach, a supervisor and inspector of kosher foods.
The rabbi was studying in the Chabad Center, a Jewish religious retreat, when Muslim terrorists attacked the compound and slaughtered him and seven others. The attack was part of a coordinated onslaught throughout the city that lasted 60 hours and claimed the lives of 179 people.
One Customs official said agents have the authority to approve or deny entry into the country and impose restrictions on a case-by-case basis.
Wildes said he plans to bring a race-against-the-clock appeal to Immigration Court and fight for her under a post-9/11 law that gives the families of terrorist victims the right to a green card and permanent residency.
"Nobody in her situation should be worried about legal affairs or papers, and should not be treated in this fashion. I have faith that the immigration authorities will do the right thing," Wildes said.