Hats off to Judicial Watch. That worthy group has once again exposed corruption within the Obama Administration. Through legal action, it has obtained a series of memos and internal e-mails from the Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and made them public. They reveal that the Obama Administration has granted a stay of deportation to an Obama relative, who is an illegal alien with a criminal record.
This time, the blatant favoritism has to do with Onyango Obama, the 67-year old half-brother of Obama’s father, who has been living in the United States since 1963. Never mind how he got here to begin with. Lacking passport pr vosa, he was ordered to leave the U.S. in 1989 during the George H. W. Bush Administration. His deportation proceedings dragged on until January 29, 1992, when the Board of Immigration Appeals concluded his case with an order that he leave the country immediately. That was 20 years ago. He was then an illegal alien under order of deportation. Even after that he never left. Apparently, contempt for the law, the courts, and the American people runs in the Obama family.
That’s where matters stood until August 2011, when Onyango was arrested in Framingham MA, a small city of 68,000, in Middlesex County, 20 miles west of Boston, on a charge of Driving under the Influence of Alcohol (DUI). Eight months later, on March 27, 2012, (a delay which, itself, begs explanation) a judge in the Framingham District Court found Onyango guilty. At the trial, ICE officials stated their intent to continue deportation proceedings against Obama. They did not. And again, as in 1992, Onyango did nothing, despite having a lawyer appointed at taxpayer expense, both times, to represent him.
So, ICE ordered Onyango to report to their office of Enforcement and Removal Operations in nearby Burlington, on April 12, 2012, “. . . with his attorney of record. At that appointment, arrangements, including medical accommodations, will be discussed to effectuate his deportation on an appropriate date.” Then, ICE went on to say, “Absent a change in circumstances, ICE does not intend to deport him at the time of his April 12 appointment.” Incredible? A blatant signal to his nephew in the White House that they were on it? You bet.
It was apparently at that April 12 appearance that the public found out exactly what ICE meant when it said it did not intend to deport Onyango. ICE granted Onyango a stay of deportation effective until June 5, 2012, ” . . . to allow him to attend pending criminal proceedings and to seek reopening of his deportation proceedings, which concluded before the Board of Immigration Appeals on January 29, 1992.” You read that right. To seek the reopening of his deportation proceedings – the one concluded way back in January 1992.
And what “pending criminal proceedings?” Were they referring to an appeal of this DUI case? If so, none had been filed. Did Onyango get into more trouble? A different kind of trouble? If so, what sort of trouble? Serious? Minor?
Tom Fitton, President of Judicial Watch said: “It certainly appears that Obama’s uncle is receiving favorable treatment from the Obama Administration. ICE should have deported Onyango immediately, especially after his DUI. We now know that the Obama Administration decided not to deport Obama’s uncle despite his being a criminal and being on the lam for at least 20 years.”
So there you have it: Obama’s uncle defied an order of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Division issued in January 1992, to leave the country. He remained in this country for 20 years, violating that order each and every single day. When this man woke up in the morning, he was in violation of that order. When he went to bed at night, he was in violation of that order. No matter where he went or what he did during each day, he weas in violation of that order.
Despite the fact that apparently he was not in hiding, authorities did nothing to round him up and enforce the 1992 order. Then, in August 2011, he committed another crime – driving a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. According to federal law, he should have been deported immediately. Yet, he was once again shown leniency; his history was ignored and he was allowed “. . . to seek to reopen” a 20 year old case.
Query? Do you think an illegal alien from Mexico, China, Iraq, or Pakistan, or even Canada, would have been treated with such leniency? Of course not. And rightly so. Onyango Obama is an illegal alien with a criminal record who has escaped deportation for more than 20 years. His one and only “claim to fame” is that he is the uncle of our president. And because of that, the Obama Administration has shown him a leniency and deference which he does not deserve.
There is no direct evidence that our first half-black president has again used the power of his office to protect a relative from the consequences of his actions and the operation of the law. But I believe that can be inferred from the content of e-mails exchanged between ICE Assistant Director of Public Affairs, Brian Hale, to ICE Director, John Morton. Undue Influence? Another example of an impeachable offense (“. . . and misdemeanors . . .”) as stated in our Constitution? I think so.