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‘Uncle Omar’ amendment would send drunk driving aliens home

Grassley provision adds habitual drunk driving to list of deportable offenses.

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Onyango “Uncle Omar” Obama

America’s favorite drunk-driving illegal alien uncle could be on his way home if he continues his drunk driving ways.

At its Feb. 2 meeting, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 18-0 to pass an amendment by Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R.-Iowa), which would change current statutes to make habitual drunk driving cause for deportation, but Democrats voted to strike language that would have made the provision retroactive. Habitual drunk driving is defined as having three DUI convictions.

If it was retroactive, it would mean bittersweet homecomings for many out-of-status visitors to our shores.

It would also mean a difficult situation for “sanctuary” cities and towns that do not report illegal aliens they encounter to federal authorities. If each new drunk driving conviction equals one third of a guaranteed deportation, immigration law nullifiers may start charging drunk driving illegals with something else.

When he was arrested Aug. 31 in Framingham, Mass., after he nearly crashed his SUV into a police cruiser, Onyango Obama, better known as “Uncle Omar,” the 67-year-old liquor store clerk with a presidential nephew, told police he would use his one phone call to call the White House.

The current charge for driving under the influence is Obama’s first offense.

Currently a guest of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts awaiting trial, if Uncle Omar is convicted after the new law takes effect; he will already be down his first strike.

In offering his amendment, Grassley said, “Every day more people are getting killed by drunk drivers, who get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol or exercising poor judgment.”

The Iowa senator said non-citizen resident drunk drivers certainly are not demonstrating the good moral character required by many benefits and by the Immigration and Nationality Act.

In the Washington-area, this tragic truth was brought back to the fore by the Feb. 3 sentencing of illegal alien Carlos Martinelly Montano to 20 years of incarceration for his Aug. 1, 2010 drunk driving accident when Benedictine Sister Denise Mosier was killed.

In another Massachusetts case, Eduardo Alementa Torres, an illegal alien from Mexico, was arrested Sept. 21, while driving with an open beer bottle, racking up his sixth DUI charge. Because Democrats blocked the retroactive language, Torres, and those like him, got a back door amnesty and will start with a new slate. In the case of Torres, he would not face deportation until after his ninth DUI.

Leading the opposition to the retroactive provision, Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D.-Vt.), said, “I am always worried about making something retroactive.” Leahy is the committee’s chairman.

“Changing the rules goes against the sense of fair play Americans have,” he said.

After refusing to consent to striking the retroactive language, which was included in his 2006 effort to deport habitual drunk drivers, Grassley, the committee’s senior Republican, forced Leahy to have a roll call vote, which was resolved by party line, with both Grassley and Leahy voting for absent colleagues, who had pledged their support in advance of the hearing. This is the practice of “proxy voting.”

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Neil W. McCabe is the editor of HE's "Guns & Patriots" e-letter and was a senior reporter at the Human Events newspaper. McCabe deployed with the Army Reserve to Iraq for 15 months as a combat historian. For many years, he was a reporter and photographer for "The Pilot," Boston's Catholic paper. He was also the editor of the free community papers "The Somerville (Mass.) News and "The Alewife (North Cambridge, Mass.)." Email him: neilwmccabe@gmail.com Follow him on Twitter: @neilwmccabe.

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