DECEMBER 06, 2013
The “good moral character” of President Obama’s illegal immigrant uncle, arrested for drunken driving in 2011, has earned him legal U.S. residency and a chance to apply for American citizenship, a judge has decided.
This is a classic example of the benefits of having friends—in this case a nephew—in high places. Onyango “Omar” Obama had lived illegally in the U.S. for decades when he got busted driving drunk in Framingham Massachusetts. At the time of his arrest Uncle Onyango had already been deported yet continued to live and work in the Boston area and he had a valid Massachusetts drivers’ license.
Clearly, Onyango has received special treatment from the feds and government documents obtained by Judicial Watch prove it. They weren’t easy to obtain because the administration obviously wants to keep details of the case from the public, but JW took legal action to obtain the Onyango files.
The records, released by JW in two parts (click here and here to see them), show that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) withheld information on Uncle O’s release from the press and Congress and that the agency curiously permitted him to seek the reopening of deportation proceedings that had been closed in 1992. ICE leadership also tracked the politically sensitive case and granted Uncle O a special stay of deportation.
The files also include an embarrassing internal agency email from Brian Hale, ICE’s Assistant Director of the Office of Public Affairs, to ICE Director John Morton dated April 1, 2012, titled “Onyango Statement and TP’s [Talking Points].” The email (on page 43) confirms that ICE gave the president’s uncle favorable treatment.
Nevertheless, the White House firmly maintains that it has not in any way intervened in Onyango’s case and that the president never even met his Kenyan paternal uncle. However, during this week’s deportation hearing in Boston Uncle O revealed that the president actually lived with him in the 1980s while he was a student at Harvard Law School. The White House had no choice but to come clean, explaining that it had not fully researched the relationship when it initially denied the president had met Onyango.
“The president first met Omar Obama when he moved to Cambridge for law school,” White House spokesman Eric Schultz told a Boston newspaper this week. “The president did stay with him for a brief period of time until his apartment was ready. After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch. The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him in 10.”
The administration continues to deny that the commander-in-chief’s uncle received favorable treatment, saying that his immigration case was handled “without any interference from the president or the White House.” We heard a similar story when President Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, was granted asylum in 2010 after federal officials disclosed that she was living illegally in the U.S.
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