A Jamaican woman whose husband died in the 2003 New York City ferry crash wants the U.S Supreme Court to block her deportation.

Osserritta Robinson's lawyer has asked the court to consider whether it was wrong to terminate the Mahwah, New Jersey resident's application for permanent residency, The Record of Bergen County reported.

Robinson's husband died after they had been married eight months. U.S. law requires an immigrant to be married for two years to remain in the United States if the American spouse dies.

The native of Jamaica is one of about 170 immigrants who have been denied residency status because of what some call the "widow penalty."

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in February that Robinson can't remain in the U.S.