Don't Speak

>> Monday, July 13, 2009

It's really sad that President Obama has chosen to wait until he can jump over the health care hurdle before he decides to do anything regarding the military's Don't Ask Don't Tell policy. Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano recently suspended enforcing the "Widow Penalty" law because it was "common-sense" and "practical."

Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, gave a two-year reprieve on Tuesday to immigrants whose applications for permanent residency have been denied because their American spouses died during the application process.

The government has argued that if the American spouse dies within two years of marriage, the foreign spouse becomes a widow or widower, effectively annulling the right to be considered for residency, and thereby opening the door to deportation.

While Ms. Napolitano’s order does not change or abolish the law, as its opponents have sought, it suspends action, including deportation proceedings, in cases involving widows and widowers who reside in the United States and were married for fewer than two years before their spouses died.

“Smart immigration policy balances strong enforcement practices with common-sense, practical solutions to complicated issues,” Ms. Napolitano said in a written statement.
Obama is choosing to hold off doing anything. He could temporarily suspend DADT while Congress gets a chance to renew it. Perhaps he will once health care reform with a public option is passed. Or maybe not.

Until then, this is the idiocy the US military must engage in:
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