by Ben Johnson, The White House Watch
Perhaps Barack Obama’s drive to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants does not stem from his professed sympathy for immigrants nor his hope of naturalizing millions of new Democratic voters, but from his desire to shield his law-breaking relatives from deportation.
On Wednesday, police in Framingham, Massachusetts, arrested President Obama’s uncle, 67-year-old Onyango Obama, for driving under the influence. During the stop, Onyango — whom the president calls “Uncle Omar” — showed the Obama family‘s highly cultivated sense of entitlement. According to the arresting officer, after coasting through a stop sign and nearly causing the officer to hit him, Onyango became argumentative, then threatened to call the White House to get out of his legal jam.
According to published sources, during the arrest process the officer found Onyango had been violating a deportation order back to Kenya for several years.
The latest Obama family immigration arrest took place last Wednesday, August 24, at 7:10 p.m. outside Framingham’s The Chicken Bone restaurant, a bar that advertises “Chicken & Tunes.” According to Boston’s Fox 25, two police officers stopped Onyango after he “made a rolling stop through a stop sign and nearly caused a cruiser to strike his sport utility vehicle.” Officer Val Krishtal said Onyango initially denied drinking and debated his responsibility during the stop. Police measured his blood-alcohol level at 0.14, nearly double the state’s legal limit of 0.08.
Officers charged Onyango with operating under the influence of alcohol, negligent operation of a motor vehicle, and failure to yield the right of way. They proceeded to hold him for processing by immigration. (View the police blotter here.)
When arrested, Onyango told the officers, “I think I will call the White House.”
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In Dreams from My Father, Obama referred to Onyango as “Uncle Omar,” who “left for America 25 years ago and had never come back.” Onyango is the half-brother of Barack Obama Sr. and the older brother of Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, who was found to be living in public housing in South Boston and collecting welfare despite being an illegal alien.
Although Judge Leonard Shapiro denied her asylum petition in 2004, she stayed in the United States at taxpayer expense, attending Obama’s swearing in as a U.S. senator and his presidential inauguration an “invited” guest. Last May, Shapiro suddenly reversed course and granted her petition.
Last year Aunt Zeituni told Boston’s WBZT-TV the United States had put her through “a Hell of a lot,” and she owed this country “nothing,” because it is America’s “obligation” to “help the poor, help other countries, and take care of women.”
When contacted for comment about her brother’s arrest, Zeituni replied, “Why don’t you go to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., and ask your president? Not me.”
The media have confirmed Uncle Omar will be represented by Cleveland immigration lawyer Margaret Wong, the same attorney who represented his sister in her successful petition last year. It is not clear how much of Zeituni’s amnesty is attributable to Wong and how much to her nephew’s influence. It is equally puzzling how a welfare-dependent Kenyan in public housing could afford a high-powered lawyer like Wong. When asked who paid her legal bills, Aunt Zeituni simply said, “Heaven.”
No word if the Almighty will pony up for Onyango, too.
Uncle Omar seems a likely beneficiary of President Obama’s recent amnesty-by-fiat. The White House announced on August 18 all future deportations would be carried out by “priority.” John Morton’s guidelines for ICE agents, issued in June, instruct agents to consider any illegal immigrant’s “ties and contributions to the community, including family relationships” before making a decision whether to deport. Morton also ordered federal officers to weigh, “Whether the person is likely to be granted temporary or permanent status or other relief from removal, including as a relative of a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.” The 1965 Immigration Act established “chain migration” by making family reunification the cornerstone of immigration policy.
ICE agents may exercise this discretion “on a case-by-case basis,” “based on the totality of the circumstances,” and “at any stage of an enforcement proceeding.”
As it happens, Onyango’s nephew has strong ties to the community, although one could argue about the value of his “contributions.” Uncle Omar’s sister is now legally resident in the country, as well. Rep. Steve King, R-IA, said the arrest “raises a troubling list of questions about the potential for preferential treatment.”
Morton’s memo turns a blind eye to all illegals whom ICE agents do not deem “serious felons, repeat offenders, or individuals with a lengthy criminal record of any kind.” However, Onyango’s DUI arrest comes just days after a deadly drunk driving incident involving an illegal immigrant in Milford, Massachusetts. According to police, Nicholas Guaman allegedly killed Matthew Denice after the intoxicated illegal dragged Denice’s motorcycle a quarter-of-a-mile. Guaman had several prior arrests, including the assault of a policeman and firefighter. Incidents such as Denice’s death are the inevitable result of Obama’s new law-eviscerating policy.
One could be excused for thinking Obama implemented his most recent amnesty fiat strictly for his relatives’ benefit. Billy Carter and Roger Clinton were obnoxious, but at least they were legal citizens. Brother Billy tried to make a living at Libyan taxpayers’ expense, not by fleecing American taxpayers.
It is past time to get all the Obamas out of public housing.