The conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch is suing the Department of Homeland Security for records pertaining to President Barack Obama’s illegal immigrant uncle Onyango Obama, aka “Uncle Omar.”
“It’s a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit and it asks what a lot of people are wondering, which is what was going on with the administration and its handling of Barack Obama’s Uncle’s [immigration] status,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton told The Daily Caller.
Onyango Obama was arrested in Framingham, Mass. in August on drunk driving charges. In March Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) said they would continue deportation proceedings for Obama, who was reportedly told to leave in 1992, but stayed in the U.S.
According to the Washington Times, after being booked for his August DUI, Onyongo Obama was asked about bail and said, “I think I will call the White House.”
In September Judicial Watch filed a FOIA request for documents from ICE, including “all records of communications, contacts and correspondence between ICE” and the following entities: the Framingham Police Department, the White House, the Executive Office of the President and the Justice Department.
Several days later Judicial Watch filed a second FOIA request for correspondence between ICE and the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Department, and reiterated their initial request.
According to Judicial Watch, ICE acknowledged both requests by letter on September 20, 2011, with a response due October 19, 2011. Judicial Watch has received nothing and is now suing for the documents.
“Here it is six months later, still no documents and Uncle Obama is working and driving in Massachusetts which seems at odds with many of our immigration laws, as I understand it,” Fitton added.
Fitton told TheDC that he “suspects it is a political decision” to keep the documents from the public, adding that they likely show “something the government doesn’t want us to see — something embarrassing or controversial that they don’t want disclosed at this time.”
“Onyango Obama has already escaped deportation once,” Fitton added. “And given his family relationship to President Obama, the American people must be assured that the law is being impartially followed in this case. The Obama administration’s decision to flout FOIA and stonewall our records request suggests that there is something to hide.”
DHS did not respond to The Daily Caller’s request for comment.