President’s Relative May Face Deportation after DUI

Credit: Bert KauffmanA Kenyan-born uncle of President Barack Obama’s faces possible deportation after being charged in a DUI incident in 2011. Onyango Obama, the 69-year-old half-brother of the president’s late father is scheduled for an immigration hearing in order to argue that he should be allowed to stay in the United States. The hearing for Mr. Obama is scheduled Tuesday in Boston.

Onyango Obama has been living in the United States since the 1960s. Even though he was ordered to leave the country in 1992, he remained in the country. The immigration status of the President’s uncle did not become public until he was arrested for drunken driving in 2011. During his arrest for DUI, the man allegedly told police, “I think I will call the White House.”

Onyango Obama’s attorney indicated that his client’s deportation order in 1992 had been caused by a technical error. An appeals board ordered a reassessment of the case. The White House has said it expects the case to be handled like any other immigration case.

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