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A Mexican American woman listens to a prayer in Los Angeles for immigrant workers who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. Photo: Lucy Nicholson/AFP via Getty Images

Around 250 Latinos were killed during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, including some undocumented immigrants from Latin America whose families faced daunting tasks to prove they even existed.

Why it matters: As the nation prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of 9/11, advocates are working to memorialize the toll the attacks had on Latinos, whose sacrifices that day are often overlooked.

By the numbers: Of the more than 2,700 people killed at the World Trade Center, 9% were Hispanic, according to the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

  • Latino men accounted for 177 of the deaths at the World Trade Center.
  • Latinas comprised of 81 deaths.

Details: The Windows on the World restaurant that sat at the top of the North Tower of the World Trade Center employed a number of Latino immigrants.

The Puerto Rico Urban Search and Rescue Task Force being honored on Sept. 11, 2002, in Spanish Harlem, New York. Photo: Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images

The first responders: Dennis Mojica‚ 50‚ a lieutenant in the New York City Fire Department, was among the firefighters killed while trying to save people from the World Trade Center. The Puerto Rico Urban Search & Rescue Task Force would later honor him.

The intrigue: The documentary Seen But Not Heard follows the lives of four women from Mexico who lost loved ones on Sept. 11. They worked as waiters, cooks, or delivery workers; all were undocumented immigrants.

  • The film shows how the women struggled to support their families as they tried to convince authorities that their husbands and boyfriends existed. Some were able to access the compensation fund; others were not.

Don't forget: Fernando Jiménez Molinar, 21, of Oaxaca, Mexico, failed to return from his job delivering pizzas two blocks from the collapsed twin towers on Sept. 11, according to the Latino immigrant advocacy group Asociación Tepeyac.

  • He is among the missing workers not included in the official toll of those who died when the Twin Towers collapsed. Authorities can't prove he existed.
  • Tepeyac keeps a database of missing immigrant workers from the attacks.
Dennis Diaz, a member of Local 100 of the SEIU, looks over the Wall of Prayers for 80 union members killed on Sept. 11. Photo: Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images

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Why it matters: Trump asked the Supreme Court to step in and block the release of the documents last month after a panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit unanimously denied his attempt to prevent the committee from obtaining the materials.

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A growing number of Senate Democrats are urging their colleagues to begin paring back the $1.75 trillion Build Back Better agenda to salvage what they can, abandoning hopes of the transformational to achieve the possible.

Why it matters: Democrats are desperate to notch a win. President Biden's popularity is sagging in the polls, the pandemic is raging and the party's record of passing crucial legislation has been muddled. Biden himself conceded during his news conference Wednesday that passing the parts was more likely than getting the whole.

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