Court Decides Obama’s Kenyan Uncle Can Stay Here

By
Onyango Obama, President Barack Obama's Kenyan-born uncle, arrives at U.S. Immigration Court for a deportation hearing Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013 in Boston. He has lived in the United States since the 1960s, when he came here as a teenager to attend school.
Photo: AP Photo/Steven Senne/Corbis

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."