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“President Obama’s ‘Uncle Omar’ is the face of what is wrong with the Obama administration’s lawless and dangerous approach to illegal immigration.”

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Washington, DC — September 1, 2011

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton issued the following statement today in response to the controversy surrounding President Obama’s illegal alien uncle, who was arrested last week for drunk driving after leaving the Chicken Bone Saloon, in Framingham, Massachusetts, and nearly hitting a police car. Onyango Obama, known as Uncle Omar in the Obama family, reportedly is a citizen of Kenya. He allegedly ignored a deportation order and has been a fugitive since 1992, although he reportedly carried a valid Social Security number and a Massachusetts driver’s license while obtaining employment at a Massachusetts liquor store. He is currently being held on federal immigration warrant.

“President Obama’s ‘Uncle Omar’ is the face of what is wrong with the Obama administration’s lawless and dangerous approach to illegal immigration. Instead of being deported, as the law requires, Uncle Omar was allowed to roam the streets and endanger the lives of innocent people, including a law enforcement officer. And Uncle Omar is exactly the kind of person that local police would have been able to easily keep off the streets as a result of new immigration laws in states such as Arizona and Georgia which are being challenged in court by the Obama administration.“Now the Obama administration wants to expand on its shoddy approach to illegal immigration law enforcement. Under the Obama administration’s newly announced deportation scheme, you don’t have to be a member of the Obama family to get a free pass on an illegal immigration violation. And we know that the Obama administration has a demonstrated willingness of giving criminals such as ‘Uncle Omar’ and millions of other illegal aliens a free pass to stay in the United States.“And we don’t for one minute believe that ‘Uncle Omar’s’ illegal presence in the United States was a secret to the Obama administration. 

Judicial Watch today released documents from the Obama Department of Homeland Security (DHS) detailing behind-the-scenes efforts by the Obama administration to bypass Congress and grant amnesty to least one million illegal aliens by suspending immigration deportation proceedings against “DREAM Act kids” and other illegal aliens.Judicial Watch previously released documents obtained from the Obama DHS indicating that DHS officials misled Congress and the public about the scope of its illegal alien deportation policy change, which gave wide latitude to local immigration officials to dismiss illegal alien deportation cases, even against illegal aliens convicted of violent crimes.On August 22, 2011, Judicial Watch filed an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief with the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit defending the State of Georgia’s immigration law, known as the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011 (IIREA). Judicial Watch also represents Arizona State Senate President Russell Pearce, the author of SB 1070, Arizona’s illegal immigration enforcement law, as well as the Arizona State Legislature, against the Obama administration’s legal challenge to the law.

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