Even if you are the uncle of the president of the United States, you are not exempt from U.S. deportation laws.
President Barack Obama’s uncle, Onyagno Obama, is currently under investigation by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which is considering deportation, given his illegal status. Onyango is preparing to fight the charges and his deportation proceedings. The Boston Herald recently reported that Onyango will likely seek asylum, based on the fact that his native country of Kenya was bombed by al-Qaida in 1998, along with the fact that the country continues to have many areas that remain hostile.
According to the New York Post, Obama’s aunt applied for and was granted asylum in 2010 for similar reasons.
Onyango is currently required to regularly report to ICE officials.
The 67-year-old Onyango was born in Kenya and has been living in the United States since 1963, where his status has been been illegal since 1992. Onyango was originally detained for two weeks in 1992 before being set free, according to The Hill. His status became known by immigration officials after he nearly collided with a police cruiser in Massachusetts, later admitting that he had been driving under the influence.
Several government officials believe that both President Obama’s uncle and aunt should be deported, according to a blog post on The Hill. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney stated during a radio interview that Onyango should be deported for breaking immigration laws.
“Well, if the laws of the United States say he should be deported, and I presume they do, then of course we should follow those laws,” Romney said, according to The Hill.