theGrio: President Obama’s Uncle May Be Deported Today

Source:  David A. Love / theGrio

In America, they will deport you, even if your last name is Obama.

While the president’s detractors, xenophobes that they are, always tell him to go back to Kenya, they may very well get their way with one of his kin.  Welcome to a teachable moment for African-Americans on immigration and the need for immigration reform.

Onyango Obama—the uncle of the president and the half-brother of the chief executive’s late father— faces a deportation hearing Tuesday.  Now in his late sixties, Obama’s uncle has lived in the U.S. since he was a teenager, when he was a student from Kenya.  He was ordered deported in 1986, 1989 and 1992 after he failed to renew his papers to allow him to remain in the country.  And he was placed in the spotlight with an unwanted arrest following a 2011 DUI arrest in Framingham, Massachusetts.

“Everybody wants to stay in America,” said Obama’s lawyer, Scott Bratton. “Hopefully, on Dec. 3, the case will be over.”

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