The U.S. Board of Immigration Appeals, which is a division of the Department of Homeland Security, agreed last week to reopen and rehear the immigration case of President Barack Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama.
An immigration judge ruled Obama had to be deported in 1992, and this move potentially will allow Obama to stay in the United States and even apply for permanent residency.
“The Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA) remanded the case back to Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) for reconsideration. It is inappropriate for ICE to offer any further comment on this case,” Brian P. Hale, ICE assistant director for public affairs, told CNS News.
The watchdog group Judicial Watch noted that reopening such a case is “a highly unusual step” because Obama’s uncle “has violated previous deportation orders and was arrested for driving drunk in Massachusetts last year.”
“This should be a slam-dunk case in which the illegal immigrant gets deported, in this instance to his native Kenya,” Judicial Watch wrote.
An immigration judge ordered Obama’s deportation in 1989. Obama lost his appeal in 1992 and has illegally been in the United States since then. In August of 2011, Obama was arrested for a DUI in Massachusetts and his license was suspended for 45 days. This was when officials realized he had been in the country in violation of previous deportation orders.
This is not the first time Obama has received curiously favorable treatment from the administration.
In July, Judicial Watch obtained internal emails that showed Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials granted Obama’s uncle a special stay of deportation and deliberately withheld information about Obama’s release from the press and Congress.