Immigration Appeals Board will re-open Uncle Omar’s deportation case

Barack Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, has been in the US illegally for decades.  In ‘Dreams from my Father,’ Obama claimed that no one in the family knew what happened to the ‘long-lost’ uncle, brother to Barack Obama Senior who was booted out of Harvard (and deported) for drinking and philandering.  When Barack, the senior, departed for Kenya without his doctorate degree, he left behind his kid brother who had just begun high school in Boston at about that time.

Now we are told, in a rare move, his deportation case will be re-visited.  Is anyone surprised?

From CNS News:

( — The U.S Board of Immigration Appeals has agreed to reopen the immigration case of Onyango Obama, delaying the deportation of the 68-year old Kenyan who violated an order to leave the United States in 1992.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a division of the Department of Homeland Security, confirmed to on Tuesday that Obama, who is the president’s uncle, was granted a rehearing last week and his case is being re-opened.

“The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) remanded the case back to Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) for reconsideration. It is inappropriate for ICE to offer any further comment on this case,” Brian P. Hale, ICE assistant director for public affairs, said in a statement to

Any move to reconsider a case is unusual says immigration law expert.

In 1989, an immigration judge ordered Obama, who has been in the U.S. since 1963, to be deported. He appealed and the appeal was dismissed in 1992.

Crystal Williams, executive director of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said any move to reconsider a case is unusual when there is already an order for removal.

“It isn’t common for the Board to reopen a case when there is an outstanding order of removal, as there is here, particularly with a later DUI arrest.  It happens, but not that often,” Williams said in a statement to reported in July that an ICE internal e-mail obtained by the legal watchdog Judicial Watch had confirmed that ICE had granted Obama a stay of deportation “to seek reopening of his deportation proceedings.”

For curious readers, you should know that his DUI arrest in August 2011 was not the first time he re-appeared since Obama declared him missing in ‘Dreams…’  In fact, author Sally Jacobs told us all about him in her book (which I highly recommend!) on the short and troubled life of Barack Hussein Obama, the senior, here.

Iraqi refugee food stamp fraudster fugitive caught in Belize

Bet you can’t say that title five times (fast!)!

While we are on the subject of Iraqi refugee crimes (here and here) thought maybe this would be a good time to fill you in on an old story.

We first told you about Khaffak Ansari here in May.  The former Iraqi refugee who came to the US as a teen escaping, what else! Saddam Hussein, was found guilty of trafficking in food stamps to the tune of $2.5 – $3 million dollars (estimates vary, but that is your money!).  His defense in court was that stress made him do it.

And, I guess you could say he, like the Arizona Iraqi bomber, didn’t appreciate the good life we gave him.

Well, now we know that he skipped the country before he could get his light 41-month prison sentence started.

We got him back though—after he was in deep trouble in Belize for allegedly holding a woman captive against her will.  LOL! I bet he figured he would be better off extradited to the US to serve time for his scamming the taxpayer then to face whatever Belize would do to him.  Yippee!  We get him back.

Anyway, here is the latest story from the Twincities Pioneer Press ( I’m posting more than I usually do from an article like this one because I’ve seen these stories very quickly be “no longer available”):

A convicted food stamp fraudster who skipped a prison date and fled to Belize pleaded guilty to the new charge arising from his getaway.

In accepting Khaffak Ansari’s guilty plea Thursday, Nov. 29, Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson of St. Paul had federal marshals keep him in custody to make sure he gets to prison this time.

Ansari, 46, of Arden Hills, must now serve a year and a day in addition to the 41-month federal term he got in a $2.5 million food stamp fraud scheme he ran while he owned Stryker Market on St. Paul’s West Side.

When Magnuson sentenced Ansari in the fraud case in May, he told him he could remain free and surrender to prison officials June 11. The arrangement is not unusual in cases involving nonviolent federal offenders.

Ansari never showed. His whereabouts were a mystery until Sept. 6, when he got into trouble with police in San Pedro, Belize; a woman who worked at a club he was managing accused him of holding her against her will.

Instead of facing charges in the Central American country, Ansari told police there he was wanted in the U.S.

He was returned to Minnesota, where he faced a new charge of “failure to appear.”

So, how did he get out of the country in the first place? He lied!  He didn’t turn his passport in as the judge instructed:

It appears Ansari could leave the U.S. because he ignored a judge’s May 2011 order to turn over his passport, and officials with U.S. Probation and Pretrial Services never followed up.

U.S. Magistrate Jeanne Graham had ordered Ansari to surrender his passport as a condition of pre-trial release in the fraud case. He had the passport when arrested in Belize.

Jeanne Cooney, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney’s office, said Ansari had told Graham that he couldn’t find his passport.

“The court ordered him to keep looking and that as soon as he found it, to surrender it,” Cooney said. “At some point, he came across it or had it all along — I don’t know the particulars — but at some point he got it and chose not to surrender it to the courts. Instead, he took off.”

Ansari’s lawyers blamed the loss of the passport on federal agents!

In a May 5, 2011, court filing, Ansari’s attorney, Daniel Schermer, said the passport was last seen when federal agents searched Ansari’s home the previous September.

“The defendant says that he has not seen his passport since the search and believes it was seized,” Schermer wrote.

In the same document, the lawyer wrote, “The government’s attempt to incarcerate a
non-dangerous, non-fugitive solely on the hypothesis that he may flee to an unidentified country at some point in the unknown future is improper…”

By the way, this demonstrates one of the huge cultural differences we have with Middle Easterners and African Muslims—they are excellent liars, some of the best in the world, and his attorney apparently fell for it.

Speaking of lies, I suspect that his defense (stress made him do it) was (duh!) a lie as well.  In the earlier court proceeding his father argued that his son had been tortured by Saddam Hussein (really? a young boy at the time) and that he was distraught over his wife’s death.

Ansari is an Iraqi immigrant who came to the U.S. when he was 14. In a letter to Magnuson prior to his son’s sentencing in the fraud case, Dr. Tawfiq Ansari said his son had been tortured under Saddam Hussein’s regime.

The elder Ansari told the judge that his son’s mental stability worsened when his ex-wife died in the August 2007 collapse of the Interstate 35W bridge in Minneapolis.  [Note: she was already his EX-wife at the time of her death and it was he who filed for the divorce!–ed]

There is more and it is good work by reporter David Hanners, read it all!

You silly Americans, can’t you see the logic here—Saddam Hussein tortures you, America gives you a good life, but you divorce your wife and the stress of it all sends you into a frenzy to defraud the US government (the taxpayers).

For new readers:  Following immigrant food stamp fraud is one of my extra-curricular hobbies here at RRW.  If someone out there wants to do an investigation of how immigrants purchase convenience stores and other stores that trade in food stamps and get rich by getting  into the food stamp trafficking business, type ‘food stamp fraud’ into our search function (again, a lot of your research is done for you!).  Don’t hold your breath waiting for a real investigative journalist to jump on this scam—it has a political correctness factor of zero!

Why wasn’t Iraqi criminal deported?

That is the question that is coming up regarding the Iraqi refugee who bombed the Arizona Social Security Office last week, hereWhy didn’t we deport him the first time he committed a crime?

Over the years, I can’t point to one case (coming to my attention) of a criminal refugee being deported.  That is not to say it hasn’t been done.  The subject has come up frequently relating to Somali criminals, but one person ‘in the know’ who did work in the refugee field tells me it isn’t done—basically that we are squishes about sending refugees back to “dangerous” places.  I guess never mind that the person might be dangerous to us.

You should know that Canada has no fear of deporting criminal Somalis back to Somalia as we reported here in 2010—dropped the gangbanger right in the heart of Mogadishu!

There is a US Supreme Court decision in January 2005, here, in which the Court said a refugee criminal could indeed be deported to Somalia or to another country (gosh, who would want him!).

In the case of the Arizona refugee, Abdullatif Aldosary, if he has been here for years as some news accounts are saying, then he could be a US citizen.  But, LOL!, guess he is one more refugee who didn’t appreciate the good life we gave him.

Don’t you think it’s interesting that for a decade and more (during the Clinton Presidency and after) we were bringing in thousands of Iraqis to escape that evil Saddam Hussein.  Then we get rid of the despot (who was creating the refugees), give them a democratically elected government and we are now bringing in an ever larger number of refugees—does that make sense?

This story reminded me that we have never done a thorough accounting of all the Iraqis we’ve brought to the US (as I did with Somalis here several years ago).  So I started to search for the numbers and see that the Office of Refugee Resettlement no longer has eight years of annual reports available on line, see here (not to mention the fact that they are three years late for the recent ones!)  So pulling the numbers together is going to be a challenge—-will put it on my to-do list!

Here are some recent numbers:

Iraqi refugees resettled in 2008:  13,822

In 2009:  18,838

In 2010:  18,016

In 2011 (slowed due to Kentucky terror arrests):  9,388

Total for just those 4 years:   60,064

Those numbers come from these reports, here and here.  (Annual Flow Reports from DHS).  You might also find this Iraqi fact sheet of interest at USCIS.

Readers!  Are any of you interested in writing a book on Iraqi refugees—we’ve done your research for you!  This is the 548th post in our Iraqi Refugee category!