Police booking photo of Onyango Obama, the uncle of President Obama
Want to know what the U.S .would look like under Barack Obama's amnesty for illegals? Look no further than the president's own family, warn officials for the Washington watchdog organization Judicial Watch.
"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," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton.
"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," he said.
Obama's illegal alien uncle was arrested last week for allegedly driving drunk after leaving the Chicken Bone Saloon in Framingham, Mass. He was accused of nearly hitting a police car.
Onyango Obama reportedly is a citizen of Kenya but apparently ignored a deportation order in the 1990s and has been a fugitive since.
He was being held on a federal immigration warrant this week.
"Now the Obama administration wants to expand on its shoddy approach to illegal immigration law enforcement," Fitton said. "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."
He continued, "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."
The Washington Times reports that the White House has acknowledged the suspect in the Massachusetts case as the president's "long-lost" uncle from Kenya.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said he told the president about the arrest. He said he expects the case to be handled "like any other immigration case."
Police in Massachusetts, however, said when Onyango Obama was asked about arranging for bail following his arrest, he said, "I think I will call the White House."
This uncle reportedly is the younger half-brother of the president's father, Barack Obama Sr. In one of the president's books, the president wrote about learning from his family in Kenya that "Uncle Omar" had moved to the U.S. years earlier.
The situation is not the first involving an illegal alien relative of the president. Last year his aunt, Zeituni Onyango, was granted asylum in the U.S. after she was rejected in a request for asylum in 2004 but stayed in the U.S. anyway.
According to the Boston Herald, Onyango Obama, 67, is planning to fight deportation efforts, acquiring help from the same law firm that helped Zeituni Onyango.
The report said the uncle moved to the U.S. in the 1960s and charmed classmates at a Cambridge prep school but then became a high school dropout and disappeared. He later fought the Internal Revenue Service and was caught by an immigration judge who ordered him to leave the country in 1989.
He lost a board of immigration appeals case in 1992. But since then, he apparently has lived and worked in Massachusetts, most recenlty at Conti Liquors in Framingham.
Fitton said his organization has obtained documents from the Department of Homeland Security showing that department officials misled Congress and the public about the scope of a plan for changes to the nation's illegal alien deportation procedures.
The documents at JudicialWatch.org reveal the behind-the-scenes efforts by the Obama administration to "bypass Congress and grant amnesty to at least one million illegal aliens by suspending immigration deportation proceedings against" them.
Judicial Watch has been part of the opposition to the president's amnesty proposals, with a friend-of-the court brief in the 11th Circuit Court defending Georgia's plan, the Illegal Immigration Reform and Enforcement Act of 2011, as well as its participation in the fight in Arizona over that state's SB 1070, a crackdown on illegal aliens.
Obama's desired DREAM Act never advanced. It would have allowed immigrant students to apply for legal status and eventually obtain citizenship. It could provide amnesty to more than a million illegals, and is estimated that it would have cost $6 billion a year. So the accusations are that Obama is accomplishing by executive order what he could not get Congress to approve.
Among the documents uncovered by Judicial Watch is an April 20, 2010, email from Melissa Crow, former DHS acting deputy assistant secretary for policy in the office of immigration and border security. The email to Roxana Bacon, chief counsel for the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, states: "Since we met, I've done my best to encourage ICE to grant deferred action in the DREAM Act cases … brought to my attention."
Fitton said the documents "show the Obama administration is lying about its stealth amnesty activities and its alarming contempt for Congress and the rule of law."
"Frankly, these documents show that Obama immigration officials don't even know what the law is!" Fitton said. "The Obama administration cannot simply pick and choose which federal immigration laws it will enforce."
The Judicial Watch chief said that in its "zeal to curry favor with the illegal alien lobby and secure Hispanic votes for a second term, the Obama administration is exercising raw executive power to change the law by granting illegal aliens amnesty in a way that strikes at the heart of our constitutional system and the rule of law."
"This is a festering constitutional crisis," he said.