Marisa pulled the collar of her leather jacket tight against her neck as the wind gusted over Federal Plaza at Broadway and Duane Street last Monday afternoon. She'd been standing in line for two and a half hours in the 30-degree cold to get into the offices of the Immigration and Naturalization Service and still had not made it into the heated, plastic-tent hallway set up in front of the door. Cooling her heelsfreezing them, in factalong with some 200 others, she shuffled her feet in a vain effort to get warm. "I've been here almost 10 years and I still can't get used to this," said the 34-year-old Trinidadian, who works as a home health-care companion to an elderly man in... More >>>
By photo: Jennifer S. Altman
Immigrants outside the Federal building wait for hours to transact routine business.