Having spent over two weeks in Plymouth County Jail, officials quietly released President Obama’s undocumented uncle on Thursday.
Onyango Obama, 67, had been held on an immigration detainer for violating an order to return to his native Kenya in 1992.
But on Thursday, US officials refused to disclose any further information about Obama, who had remained in the United States undetected until his arrest by Framingham, Massachusetts police on August 24 for drunken driving and other charges.
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Immigration officials would not say if the 67-year-old Framingham resident posted bond, or if they will be keeping track of his whereabouts, or if indeed they are still seeking his deportation.
Because the immigration agency refused to discuss the case, it is not known what happened to Obama after he left the Plymouth County Jail - or whether he will be returned.
According to the Boston Herald, Obama's lawyers Margaret Wong and Scott Bratton were unavailable for comment, however an assistant told the press they had not been notified that he was released.
Onyango Obama was the half-brother of the president’s late father.
According to the Herald, Obama had pleaded not guilty in Framingham District Court to charges of drunken driving, negligent operation, and failing to yield.
Onyango Obama came to America in 1963 to attend a prestigious preparatory school in Cambridge but dropped out. Years later he was ordered to leave the country in 1989. But he appealed to the Board of Immigration Appeals, losing his case in 1992.
Earlier this month, attorney Bratton said Obama would fight the deportation order against him. Obama has lived in the United States for almost 50 years. It's understood that for the past five years he has worked at Conti Liquors in Framingham, Massachusetts where he was praised as a good worker and beloved employee.
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