Booting President Obama’s illegal immigrant uncle out of the country could be a painstaking process that might drag on for years and may not even end in deportation if the aging Kenyan can convince the feds he should be granted asylum, immigration experts said.
The Herald learned yesterday that Onyango Obama, 67, is being
summonsed to the Burlington offices for U.S. Immigration and Customs
Enforcement next week to arrange his pending deportation. It’s just the
beginning of what is sure to be a high-profile case.
“His nephew is the leader of the Democratic party in the U.S. and the
leader of our political system, so he could argue there could be a lot
of people outside the U.S. who could target him,” said Boston
immigration attorney Desmond FitzGerald. “In Kenya, they bombed our
embassy, so there’s probably really good evidence that there are groups
that are hostile to our country.”
The president’s uncle will first have to overturn his deportation
order and then petition for asylum, a two-step process that could last
four years and cost Obama up to $10,000, FitzGerald said.