Obama Uncle Gets New Deportation Hearing

He was ordered to leave US 20 years ago
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Dec 5, 2012 1:03 AM CST
Obama Uncle Gets New Deportation Hearing
Onyango Obama, the uncle of President Obama, surrenders his driving license in Framingham, Mass. earlier this year.   (AP Photo/MetroWest Daily News, Allan Jung)

President Obama's uncle is getting a new deportation hearing after an appeals board ordered the agency running the US immigration court system to review his case. Onyango Obama, the half brother of the president's late father, is from Kenya but has lived in the United States for decades. He was ordered by an immigration judge to leave the US in 1992, when he failed to renew an application to remain. He later sought to reverse the deportation order.

The elder Obama's immigration woes emerged after he was arrested last year near Boston, and was charged with drunken driving. A police officer said Obama failed to stop at a stop sign and nearly caused the officer's cruiser to crash into his vehicle. After that arrest, Obama said, "I think I will call the White House," according to a police report. But he has had no contact with the White House about the case, his lawyer said, and the White House said it expected his arrest to be handled like any other. (More Onyango Obama stories.)

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