DECEMBER 05, 2012
In a rare move that indicates President Obama’s illegal alien uncle is receiving special treatment, a national newswire reports that an immigration review board has delayed the deportation of Onyango Obama to determine if he can remain in the United States despite his criminal transgressions.
It’s a highly unusual step for the agency, the U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals, to reopen a case like Uncle Obama’s because he has violated previous deportation orders and was arrested for driving drunk in Massachusetts last year. This should be a slam-dunk case in which the illegal immigrant gets deported, in this instance to his native Kenya.
But Uncle O’s nephew lives in the White House so he may get to stay in the U.S. like the president’s illegal immigrant aunt, Zeituni Onyango, who had two deportation orders hanging over her head. In a rare secret hearing, she was granted political asylum in 2010 by the same judge who had previously deported her. The judge’s abrupt reversal remains a mystery because it all took place behind closed doors even though the Justice Department’s immigration court manual—as well as a federal appellate court—says such proceedings should be open.
If Uncle O is rewarded in the same way, it will mark the icing on the cake of special treatment, including the reinstatement of his driver’s license after the DUI arrest. In July Judicial Watch obtained government records that illustrate the special treatment the feds have given the president’s illegal immigrant uncle, who is mentioned in the commander-in-chief’s memoir “Dreams from My Father.”
The documents weren’t easy to obtain because the administration clearly wants to keep details of the case from the public, despite promises of unprecedented transparency. JW had to sue for the information. 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 records 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. JW will continue tracking the case.
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