President Barack Obama’s 2012 unilateral legalization of 500,000 young illegal immigrants helped him win the 2012 election — at the cost of splitting 500,000 innocent, law-abiding American families for months on end, according to a New York Times article.
The ruthless political calculation was buried deep in the low-key article, which was published on page 20 of the local “New York edition” of the national newspaper.
Obama directed officials to award work permits to the illegal immigrants, preventing them from preparing green cards for Americans’ foreign-born spouses and children.
One American, Jessica Veltstra, applied last March to bring over her Dutch husband. “But he is still in the Netherlands, and she is rooming with relatives in New Jersey, unable to make plans,” the New York Times reported.
“Their older daughter, who is 4, refuses to speak to her father on the phone in Dutch, her first language, and bursts out crying when she sees a photo of him,” the article continued.
The scandal likely will be cited by advocates of immigration reform to show that Obama places his partisan calculations above his duty to implement the law, and above his inauguration oath, which says “I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States.”
Last week, House Speaker John Boehner said he has to slow his push for a sweeping, business-backed immigration increase until Obama shows he can be trusted to follow the laws. (RELATED: Wealthy, liberals unite to support increased immigration)
“Frankly, one of the biggest obstacles we face is the one of trust,” Boehner said Feb. 6. “The American people, including many of our members, don’t trust that the reform we’re talking about will be implemented as it was intended to be.”
“The president seems to change the healthcare law on a whim, whenever he likes,” said Boehner, who is widely expected to continue his closed-door push for the immigration increase. (RELATED: ANALYSIS: Boehner’s mysterious immigration comments)
The New York Times article buried the most shocking elements of the political scandal 335 words into the article, much of which was spent describing the pain suffered by an American whose Australian wife and two kids remains stuck on the other side of the world.