Regular readers know that I am very pragmatic when it comes to the issue of supporting Obama for re-election next year. I am often branded an ObamaBot (or whatever creative name it is these days) for failing to sign on to the idea that the best course of action for progressives would be to primary the president with an “unelectable pony promiser.” However, we do criticize the president and his administration when it’s appropriate, and this is one of those times:
The Obama administration ordered the expulsion of a gay man’s spouse who petitioned for permanent U.S. residency to care for his ailing partner.
On July 26, the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services, citing the Defense of Marriage Act, denied John Makk’s application for an I-130 visa, a spousal petition seeking permanent residency, the San Francisco Chronicle reported Tuesday. DOMA, which became law in 1996, denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.
Makk married Bradford Wells, a U.S. citizen, in Massachusetts seven years ago. He told the newspaper he left Australia to be with Bradford, starting a business in San Francisco and investing in real estate to meet visa requirements. The couple have lived in San Francisco for 19 years.
Makk was ordered to leave the country by Aug. 25. He is the sole caregiver for Bradford, who has AIDS.
Your own administration has, as is pointed out in the article, said that you have the power to “exercise discretion in individual cases.” Well, this is an individual case calling for discretion if there ever was one, and you know, your people should really get on that.
I mean, really. WTF?