A New Jersey woman finally has a new kidney, more than a year after a lifesaving transplant fell apart at the last minute.

 “When you have an American citizen’s life who is depending upon this visa, then that should call for a higher level of engagement and not a checklist,” Menendez said.

Menendez helped the family qualify for “humanitarian parole” -- a step federal immigration officials describe as an “extraordinary measure” -- allowing foreigners to enter the U.S. “for a temporary period...due to a compelling emergency.”

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