• Sara Rimer

    Senior Contributing Editor

    Sara Rimer

    Sara Rimer A journalist for more than three decades, Sara Rimer worked at the Miami Herald, Washington Post and, for 26 years, the New York Times, where she was the New England bureau chief, and a national reporter covering education, aging, immigration, and other social justice issues. Her stories on the death penalty’s inequities were nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and cited in the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision outlawing the execution of people with intellectual disabilities. Her journalism honors include Columbia University’s Meyer Berger award for in-depth human interest reporting. She holds a BA degree in American Studies from the University of Michigan. Profile

    She can be reached at srimer@bu.edu.

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There is 1 comment on Has Door From Cuba Been Held Open?

  1. Dear Sara Rimer,
    I found your article particularly interesting and germane to the status of a 1980 Cuban entrant (Mariel Boat-lift) who, after six years of effort to obtain rights, with substantial legal and lay assistance, has been refused any immigration status on the basis of not having sufficient proof of having come from Cuba, despite obvious evidence and because of the absence of acceptable forms of identification—i.e. drivers license and passport. Prior to 9/11, he had worked and paid approximately $15,000 into Social Security, but is now being denied eligibility to collect those earnings for lack of the right forms of identification. I have tried desperately to assist this man for nearly six years, but am arriving at the belief that his situation is hopeless. Our government allowed him entry via the boat lift, but will now not lift a finger even to give him his just due. Advice?

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