In the end, 11 awards went to the survivors of illegal immigrants. All those victims had worked at the restaurant Windows on the World. Although they had earned modest wages, many were upwardly mobile and supported relatives back home, factors that increased the payouts. Their awards ranged from $875,000 to $4.1 million.
First of all let me make clear that I believe it is right that the survivors were treated the same as other survivors when it came to the monetary awards. That is not the point of this post.
Of the eleven families affected, at least three lived abroad at the time of the attack and remain there.
Now to the gist of the story:
At least three millionaire families continue to live here violating the law, even when they have hired lawyers and financial advisers. And they’ve learned to squeeze the system. Here are two instances:
A woman that was awarded $1.6 million stays here because
Her son, 17, is a senior at a private school in Manhattan, his tuition paid by a private foundation. A gifted photographer, he dreams of studying design, but the colleges he is interested in require Social Security numbers.
Let’s hope the private foundation money comes from the $1.6 million his mother inherited. However, that’s highly unlikely since he’d have to have a Social Security number, wouldn’t he?
As in this instance,
Her son was 4 when his father, a grill cook, died on 9/11. The Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, which helps families of the restaurant workers, pays the boy’s tuition at a private elementary school in Manhattan. But this woman lives outside Newark and has no car. So she takes her son to and from school, a daily commute totaling six hours.
The “Mexican woman with the soulful eyes and a sweep of dark hair”, who spends six hours taking her 9-yr old son to the school whose pricey tuition is being paid by The Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund, has $2.2 million. You read it right:
Now excuse me while I pull my dark-yet-graying hair, thinking of all the people who have moved to this country legally and observe this country’s laws, and all the people (of all financial backgrounds) in this country whose children are denied admission to those schools in the name of “diversity”, and who don’t get to be heard by The Grey Lady.