President Obama’s Uncle Looking To Avoid Deportation
Yesterday, a Boston judge set a Dec. 3 deportation hearing for President Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, to determine whether he should be forced to return to his native Kenya.
After the judge’s ruling to wait till later this year, Obama’s attorney, Scott Bratton, told reporters that his client’s long-term goal is to remain in the United States.
“Everybody wants to stay in America,’’ said Bratton. “Hopefully, on Dec. 3, the case will be over.”
President Obama’s uncle was first given a deportation order 21 years ago, but Obama, a 68-year-old liquor store manager, stayed in Massachusetts, living and working undetected until Framingham, MA police arrested him in August 2011 on drunken driving charges.
In November, the Board of Immigration Appeals granted him a new hearing because his prior lawyer, now dead, was ineffective in providing all the evidence to help Obama’s case.
Judge Shapiro, a Republican appointee, is a veteran immigration judge who also handled the deportation case of President Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango. He allowed her to remain in the US in 2010 based in part on the exposure of her case to the media.
The uncle’s hearing comes one day after President Obama called for a path to US citizenship for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, as long as they don’t have serious criminal records.
The president was not close to his father’s side of the family, as his father died in a car accident in Kenya in 1982.
Andrew Alvez | Elite.