Wednesday, August 31, 2011
President Barack Obama’s illegal immigrant uncle, arrested in Framingham, MA on drunken driving charges, as well as other charges has been a fugitive from deportation since at least 1992, according to two Federal law enforcement officials.
Onyango Obama, known as the president’s Uncle Omar on his father’s side, lived in Massachusetts until last Wednesday, when police said the SUV he was driving darted in front of a police cruiser, nearly causing the officer to hit his car.
Federal officials, who spoke about Obama’s immigration status on condition of anonymity said Uncle Omar had been told to leave in 1992, but he ignored the order.
Uncle Omar is the second relative of the president to have defied a deportation order, reigniting debate over illegal immigration and raising questions about how a man who had lived in the United States illegally for years managed to secure a Social Security number, secure a job, and a Massachusetts driver’s license, without being detected by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
President Barack Obama’s aunt, and Uncle Omar’s sister, Zeituni Onyango, also faced deportation before a Boston immigration judge granted her asylum last year. She had managed to fly under the radar of immigration officials, living in public housing in South Boston despite a deportation order. Her immigration status was leaked to the media days before her nephew’s election in 2008.