By Rodrique Ngowi, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama’s uncle is getting a new deportation hearing after an appeals board ordered the agency running the country’s immigration court system to review his case.

Onyango Obama is from Kenya and was ordered by an immigration judge to leave the country in 1992.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brian Hale said Tuesday that the Board of Immigration Appeals has sent Obama’s case to the Executive Office for Immigration Review for reassessment.

Hale declined comment on what triggered the decision.

Obama’s Cleveland-based attorney did not immediately return a call for comment.

A spokeswoman says the Executive Office for Immigration Review wouldn’t comment, citing privacy laws.

Obama, the half-brother of the president’s late father, was arrested last year and charged with drunken driving. He pleaded to sufficient facts in April.


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Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.


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