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ICE continuing with deportation of Obama's uncle

New York residents dealing with the naturalization process will be happy to know that they aren't alone when it comes to dealing with citizenship issues. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have decided to continue with their plans to deport President Obama's half-uncle. Onyango Obama is 67 years old and the half-brother of the President's father. He is currently an illegal alien who has lived in the United Sates since 1963. He will now be required to attend regular meetings with ICE officials at an undisclosed location to expedite his removal from the country.

Unless there is a change in the 67-year-old's citizenship and naturalization status or other related court proceedings, he will have to report to officials to complete his departure. Onyango Obama was ordered to be deported in 1992 after he mistakenly forgot to renew his visa. His immigration status was discovered last August when he was arrested for drunk driving.

Immigration authorities expect that Onyango Obama will seek asylum and appeal the 1992 deportation order. His sister, Zeituni Onyango won asylum based on the fact that al-Qaeda bombed the Kenyan embassy in 1998. It is believed that hostility toward the U.S. from al-Qaeda sympathizers would put the president's uncle in harm's way.

Foreign nationals may apply for asylum while in the states or any port of entry. When seeking asylum, you must be unable or unwilling to return to your country because of persecution or fear of being persecuted based on your race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a specific social group.

Source: BostonHerald.com, "Obama's uncle ordered to report regularly to ICE," John Zaremba, April 13, 2012

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