Court Decides Obama’s Kenyan Uncle Can Stay Here

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If people know the name Onyango Obama, it’s likely because of the president’s uncle’s drunk-driving arrest in 2011, which Mitt Romney turned into a thing by suggesting he would deport the undocumented Kenyan national. But an immigration judge in Boston saw the DUI as a single blemish in an otherwise upstanding life. “He appears to me to be a gentleman and I’m inclined to grant his application on that basis,” Judge Leonard Shapiro said, citing the 69-year-old Obama’s volunteer work, history of paying taxes, and the fact that he was “a good neighbor and a good friend.” Onyango, the half-brother of the president’s father, reportedly said during his arrest, “I think I will call the White House.” When he was asked on Tuesday whether he’d done so, he said, “I might have, but I’m not sure.