Onyango Obama, President Obama's illegal alien uncle from Kenya, is fighting deportation because he has lived in the US for 50 years and considers it his home. He is being defended by the same legal team that beat the rap for his sister Zeituni Onyango when she was nabbed last year and was granted asylum. He is being held in the Plymouth County House of Correction and has has pleaded not guilty in Framingham District Court to charges of drunk driving, negligent operation, and failing to yield.
“He does want to stay,’’ said Scott Bratton, who with lawyer Margaret Wong in Cleveland have taken on Obama’s case. “He’s just been here for such a long period of time. He hasn’t been to Kenya in forever. He was young when he came to the United States.’’
Bratton said Obama’s case has “compelling humanitarian factors,’’ including that he has not been to Kenya since he was a young man, and said the lawyers would try to help him remain in the United States.
“We’ll certainly work as hard as we can,’’ Bratton said.
Last year, the same firm helped his sister, Zeituni , overturn a deportation order and win asylum, which will allow her to one day apply for US citizenship. She had been living quietly in public housing in South Boston, in violation of a deportation order, until her immigration status was leaked to the media days before her nephew’s historic election victory in 2008.