An Israeli woman whose husband was killed in the Mumbai terrorist attacks is having trouble visiting her eight kids in Brooklyn due to immigration woes. On Feb. 5, US Customs and Border Protection agents at Kennedy Airport stopped 37-year-old Frumet Teitelbaum and said she had overused her visitor’s visa by regularly traveling from her home in Israel to see her kids, who are staying with her late husband’s family in Borough Park.
Authorities hit Teitelbaum with travel restrictions that limit how long she can stay in the United States and make it harder for her to lengthen her visits or gain residency, her lawyer told the Post. If Teitelbaum—whose husband was a rabbi who was murdered alongside seven others in the Indian city’s Chabad Center—doesn’t leave Brooklyn next month, she could be deported. Immigration officials cited privacy laws and declined to discuss her case with the tabloid, though an official said the agency can impose such restrictions on a case-by-case basis.
Teitelbaum’s attorney, Michael Wildes, is launching a last-minute appeal to keep her in the United States under a law that gives the families of terror victims rights to greencards 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,” he said.