Nearly a decade ago, Liliana Sanchez stood knee-
deep in dust at an office building near Ground Zero, vacuuming for $60 a day
with only a paper mask to protect her.
struggles to breathe while climbing a flight of subway stairs and worried about
the future of her medical care.
and we also felt like heroes. Now they have pushed us aside," said the
cleanup workers Tuesday at a rally to push for continued health coverage and
legal immigration status.
are pending, and they feel stuck in limo while health-care and immigration
changes are on the horizon.
folks are sort of at the center of a perfect storm," said Javier Valdes, deputy director of Make the Road
don’t want immigration reform to pass in 2012 and have these people pass
funded medical care they get but are afraid it could vanish without mandatory
and take this away from us," said Jose Gaviria, 59, another Colombian
9/11-related conditions like chronic rhinitis and acid reflux through the World
Trade Center Medical Monitoring and Treatment Program at