The Immigration Daily website, a news source for immigration attorneys, has posted an interesting essay from a New York attorney who remembers September 11, 2001 like it was yesterday - and the decade that followed, from an immigration lawyer's perspective.
Cyrus D. Mehta writes about how he was leaving his Manhattan apartment the morning of the World Trade Center attacks when a neighbor broke the terrible news to him. He goes on to write that while "the basic underlying architecture of American immigration law" did not change afterward, the laser focus on national security since has in essence prevented the fixing of a broken system. Some plans never materialized, like the extension of a provision that would have allowed many to adjust their immigration status. Mehta writes: