WASHINGTON (AP) - New York's senators said Wednesday they plan
to ask Congress to grant citizenship posthumously to victims of
Friday's shooting in Binghamton, N.Y.
Democratic Sens. Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said that
under legislation they are proposing, the honorary citizenship
would be backdated so the victims would be considered citizens at
the time of death.
They note in a statement that many of the 13 victims were
striving to become citizens and studying English when they were
killed by the gunman, and they came from a wide range of countries
including Brazil, China, Haiti, Iraq, Pakistan, Philippines,
Ukraine and Vietnam.
"We hope to honor the lives of those who were working so hard
to become citizens and achieve the American dream," Gillibrand
The shooting occurred in an immigration center in upstate New
York. It's not known exactly how many of them were citizens.
Because the citizenship would be honorary, family members
seeking citizenship or visas would not be affected.