Onyango Obama, a 67-year-old Kenyan citizen, was arrested in Framingham, Massachusetts last Wednesday for drunk driving after his car nearly struck a police officer. Onyango, an uncle to President Barack Obama who is in the country illegally, told police in response to a question of whether he would like to make a phone call to arrange bail: "I think I will call the White House."
News reports say Onyango has hired the same immigration attorney Obama's aunt, Zeituni Obama, hired after news reports during the 2008 presidential campaign turned up the fact that she had ignored an order of deportation after her asylum claim had been denied. Like Zeituni, ICE has previously ordered him deported from the country. In 2010, an immigration judge ruled that Zeituni could remain in the U.S. as an asylum seeker after he ruled that her return to Kenya could pose risks to her because of her status as the aunt of Obama and her poor health condition.
Obama's 2008 presidential campaign was forced to return campaign contributions the aunt had illegally made to his campaign as a foreign national. News reports at the time uncovered the fact that Zeituni had been living in public housing and receiving a monthly disability check from the government despite her illegal status.