President Obama’s uncle will get a new deportation hearing in immigration court.
The Board of Immigration Appeals last week granted Onyango Obama’s request to reopen his immigration case based in part on his contention that his prior lawyer was ineffective, according to a government official with direct knowledge of the case, reported The Boston Globe.
Obama’s new lawyers had argued that Obama, 68, has lived in the United States for nearly half a century and should not be deported back to Kenya.
Obama is the half-brother of President Obama’s late father, and the older brother of Zeituni Onyango, who was granted asylum in 2010.
Obama has a valid Social Security number and a Massachusetts driver's license, even though he is in the United States illegally. In April, ICE said it was still considering deporting him. The state's registry has said it is not currently required by state law to check immigration status before issuing a license.
Immigration court records are typically closed to the public.