Right-Wing House Reps. See Immigration Conspiracy In Obama Uncle's DUI Arrest

August 30, 2011 10:03 am ET — Alan Pyke

As quoted by Newsmax, Reps. Steve King (R-IA), Joe Walsh (R-IL), and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) seem positively giddy about the arrest of President Obama's uncle for drunk driving. Their political opportunism is completely predictable, but the three right-wing congressmen are convinced that the arrest proves something substantive as well, namely that the administration's immigration policy is a conspiracy.

King, who recently called for immigration hearings to "publicly humiliate" the administration, said the case "is yet another reason Congress should hold hearings to expose President Obama's executive amnesty program." King went on to convict the president of nepotism and lawlessness right on the spot: "With an existing deportation order, it is not surprising to learn that 'Uncle Omar' Obama told police officers that his first call would be to his nephew in the White House. Now that the executive branch has gotten into the business of undermining the Rule of Law, there is little question that anyone who is connected to the President, politically or otherwise, will have an advantage."

Not to be outdone, Gohmert told Newsmax that even though nobody is saying Obama has taken inappropriate action with regard to his uncle's case, just the possibility of such impropriety makes us resemble "a Third World corrupt government." For his part, Walsh claimed the case proves media bias.

"The timing is just exquisite," the Illinois congressman [Walsh] told Newsmax.

"They said 300,000 cases would be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. Is this guy on that list and who is going to be looking at his case? I trust it is not the president. There could be a massive conflict of interest here." 

And Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert told Newsmax, "This is one more example of where the president is in a position where he can give favorable treatment to his cronies, and in this case a relative.

"It's one more step making us look like a Third World corrupt government where it's all about who you know."

"If it was me and I had an illegal immigrant jailed for drunk driving, it would be all over the press," said Walsh. "But the media have protected this president from the day he announced he was running."

The administration imposed a policy designed to relieve overburdened immigration courts by allowing prosecutors to drop deportation proceedings for low-level offenders, including some who would benefit from the DREAM Act, in order to prioritize the deportation of dangerous criminals. Leave it to Steve King, Louie Gohmert, and Joe Walsh to pretend that policy is really about protecting President Obama's spooky un-American family members.