Memo Shows Obama Administration Granted Deportation Stay to President’s Uncle
ICE originally required Obama's uncle to report to its Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations in Burlington on April 12; and then chose not to deport the illegal immigrant, who had been living in Framingham.
Judicial Watch, an organization that investigates and fights government corruption, has obtained records from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding President Obama’s illegal alien uncle, Onyango Obama, who was arrested in August 2011 on drunken driving charges in Framingham.
Onyango was first ordered out of the country in 1989.
ICE had granted him a stay of deportation effective until June 5, 2012.
The stay was granted 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.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials, meanwhile, claimed the agency intended to continue deportation proceedings against Obama, however, they allowed him to seek the reopening of his deportation proceedings.
While he fought deportation, Obama was allowed to drive a car. He was supposed to lose his license for 45 days, but received a “hardship license,” from the Massachusetts’s Department of Motor Vehicles so he could drive back and forth to his job at a liquor store.
On July 12, Judicial Watch released records showing agency officials withholding information on Onyango’s release from the press and Congress.
“It certainly appears that Obama’s uncle is receiving favorable treatment from the Obama administration, which explains that we had to sue in federal court to obtain this material,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “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.”
As Director of ICE, John Morton has led the implementation of President Obama’s illegal alien amnesty program.
On June 30, 2010, Morton sent a memo to all ICE employees instructing local immigration officials to use their discretion in “prioritizing” illegal immigration deportation cases.
On June 17, 2011, Morton followed up with another memo to all field officers, special agents and to the chief counsel further defining the term “prosecutorial discretion,” which, in essence, asked immigration officials to focus deportation proceedings on illegal aliens convicted of crimes.
The documents were turned over to Judicial Watch on July 11 pursuant to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed on April 10, 2012. (Judicial Watch first requested the records in Sept. 2011.)
“One thing is clear from these records, Immigration and Customs Enforcement attempted to stonewall the release of information about President Obama’s illegal alien uncle,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “It is precisely because of Onyango’s family relationship to President Obama that ICE should have been more transparent, not less.”