Today’s winner is Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff. I give him the award for the brief interview conducted of him by 60 minutes last Sunday. This in a segment detailing immigrants who after their American spouses have died, face deportation. These victims of ‘The Widow Penalty‘ include mothers who have children born of their marriages to Americans.
If you don’t want to watch the video, here is the exchange between Simon and Chertoff from a transcript at CBS’ website.
60 Minutes tried to find out why the government is being so tough on widows, but immigration and its parent agency, Homeland Security declined our requests for interviews. So 60 Minutes went to the top, to a press conference held by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff.
Asked why his department is refusing U.S. residency to legitimately married widows, Chertoff says, “All I can tell you is, without getting into you know, specific cases and arguing the facts and circumstances that I think the lawyers have an obligation to pursue the matter through the system until we get a final resolution from the courts.”
“Four courts, sir, have ruled in favor of the widows. And your department appeals the cases every time,” Simon points out.
“I think what you’re seeing is a normal part of responsible lawyering, if I may so,” Chertoff replies.
Note- lawyers defending these widows have won decisions in four separate court decisions. Lawyers for CIS continue to appeal despite being 0-4.
Is that the best Secretary Chertoff can do, it is what lawyers do? What a defense of a travesty of a immigration policy. Legal Immigrant parents of US citizens are facing deportation, and this is the policy of a Republican administration that ran for office saying it supports family values. Does family values include the breaking up of law abiding families? No wonder voters decided they had enough with Republican idiocies like this and others and voted for a Democratic President for the next four years. For non defense of the widow penalty, Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff is today’s Knucklehead of the Day.