Barack Obama’s Uncle Onyango (Omar) Obama could complicate the immigration reform bill. Omar came to the United States in 1963 on a student visa. He overstayed his welcome and is still here. At a public immigration hearing this week, Judge Leonard Shapiro granted Uncle Omar legal residency, citing his good moral character and a federal statute that grandfathers in some immigrants who came to the U.S. before 1972.
Did Omar’s last name have anything to do with the judge’s decision? Did Omar’s casual mention during the hearing that not only had President Obama met him, but he had lived with him for about three weeks in the 1980s (after Omar’s visa had expired, and he was living here illegally) have anything to do with the decision?
We don’t know the answer to that, and to try to put an answer on it is pure speculation. What we do know is that the “good moral character” cited by the judge might be stretching the definition somewhat. In August 2011, Uncle Omar was pulled over in Framingham, Mass., for driving under the influence. His arrest revealed both several outstanding orders for his deportation and his relationship to the president. Shortly after the arrest, Uncle Omar reportedly told the police, “I think I will call the White House.”
The White House told the Boston Globe in November 2011, just as the 2012 election was kicking into gear, that there was no record that Obama had ever met his uncle. Another lie? Seems like it, but, sadly, there are just too many to count any more. On Thursday the White House issued a correction, confirming that the president stayed with Omar briefly when he moved to Cambridge to attend Harvard Law School.
“After that, they saw each other once every few months, but after law school they fell out of touch,” said White House spokesman Eric Schultz. “The president has not seen him in 20 years, has not spoken with him in 10.”
Later on Thursday Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the WH backpedaling on the issue of Omar Obama. In the video below you can see Jay Carney doing what he does best…the Carney spin dance.” Sometimes I…almost…feel sorry for the guy. But, then, reality sets in. He is paid, by taxpayer funds, to lie for Obama.
This is another embarrassment for Obama and his administration. Just as he is making a push for immigration reform (his goal for his second term), his uncle receives a green card after living in our country illegally for 43 years.
The White House says Omar Obama was granted legal residency “without any interference from the president or the White House,” notes New York’s Joe Coscarelli, wryly adding: “As if the heads of those inclined to believe otherwise hadn’t already exploded in rage.”
It’s safe to say that many conservatives aren’t buying the White House’s explanation. “If you believe Jay Carney, the original denial was issued based on documentary evidence,” says Daniel Greenfield at FrontPage. “Also if you believe Jay Carney, the moon is made of pure hopium and so is Barack Obama.” Hot Air’s Allahpundit is only a little more polite:
Who are you going to believe? A man who cheated to stay in the U.S. illegally, or the president of the United States? Right. Believe the illegal. [Hot Air]
So, why does the case of Omar Obama matter when it comes to Immigration Reform? House Speaker John Boehner (R Ohio) needs a sizable number of Conservative Republicans to believe that immigration reform will be good for the GOP, and the country. If Conservatives believe that ‘Obama is gaming the system to pull in his previously undocumented Kenyan-born uncle, that will make voting for any immigration reform that much harder of a sell.’
If you think that a minor episode of White House crow-eating over President Obama’s absentee father’s half-brother seems an unlikely event to derail a major piece of legislation, you may be right. But consider this. The same immigration judge made the decision to grant asylum to Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango — Uncle Omar’s sister — in 2010.
And Uncle Omar has been nominated as a symbol of Obama’s immigration policy before. Here’s Tom Fitton, president of the influential conservative group Judicial Watch, a month after Oyango Obama’s 2011 arrest:
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. [Judicial Watch, via WND]
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- How the strange case of Obama’s Uncle Omar complicates immigration reform (theweek.com)
- Barack and Omar: White House deceit hits another bump in the road (examiner.com)
- Obama Admits White House Lied About Never Meeting Illegal Alien Uncle (frontpagemag.com)