FRAMINGHAM (CBS) – President Obama’s uncle, who was recently arrested for allegedly driving drunk, had a clean driving record before the arrest, along with a valid driver’s license, which requires a valid social security number at registration.

“In Massachusetts, we have two criteria, the first is you have to have a valid social security number, the second is you need proof of residency in Massachusetts, and you need both of those,” said Mike Verseckees  of the Registry of Motor Vehicles.

Onyango Obama, an illegal immigrant who now faces possible deportation, has had his license for at least 20 years. His license had been renewed at least five times during that time.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson reports

He was arrested last week on drunk driving charges, and documents obtained by WBZ-TV show when he was asked if he wanted to make a phone call after his arrest, he responded, “I think I will call the White House.”

According to court documents, a judge had ordered Onyango Obama be deported prior to the arrest. State officials tells us the RMV was never told of this, and friends say he had recently renewed his driver’s license.

As for how Onyango Obama was able to obtain that social security number, an official at the SSA National Press Office released a statement to WBZ-TV:

“I am not going to discuss this individual situation. Congress has required us to issue SSNs to lawfully admitted noncitizens for a variety of situations.”

The Social Security website lists several ways for an immigrant to obtain a SSN, and one way is by getting government permission to work in the US.

Onyango Obama used to work at Conti Liquors in Framingham. His former boss told WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson he was stunned about news that his former employee is related to the president.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Carl Stevens reports:

Parimal Patel, the owner of Conti Liquors, said Onyango Obama worked for him for about five years and never mentioned his nephew, President Barack Obama, or his sister Zeituni Onyango, who lived for years illegally in South Boston. Zeituni Onyango told WBZ-TV in September 2010 after being granted asylum that the United States has an “obligation” to grant her citizenship.

Patel said Onyango Obama should be punished for allegedly driving drunk, but he personally had nothing but good things to say about him. The owner added that Onyango Obama was a very hard worker, was always on time and never missed a day of work. He said he considered him part of his family.

WBZ-TV’s Karen Anderson contributed to this report.

Comments (35)
  1. Shrugged says:

    Now I understand why Obama has stopped deporation hearings . . . His uncle was probably out celebrating this change when he was stopped.

    1. Mischv says:

      Gee.. I wonder why President Obama’s has stopped deportation hearings? Here’s an interview with the President’s Aunt.

      This interview was by Jonathan Elias with President Obama’s Aunt Zetuin Onyango, on Boston’s CBS station.

      JE: He’s done Nothing to get her off public assistance, but he is the reason she has been granted asylum after she had been living here illegally for many years. Now all this time she has been a burden to taxpayers and that hasn’t changed with her nephew moving into the White House.

      She has been living in Boston’s public housing on public assistance as an illegal immigrant.

      Jonathan Elias: Did you know that you were staying in this country illegally?
      Zetuni OOnyango: I knew…. (mumbled)
      Jonathan Elias: Zetuin Onyango knew she wasn’t supposed to be in the United States yet she was.
      Zetuni Onyango: This is a great country, it’s nice to live here. You can do whatever you want when you’re here.
      J E: And she has…. 2005 She was there when her nephew was sworn in as a US Senator, 2009 she was there when Barack Obama was sworn in as President of the United States. All while her status was that of an illegal immigrant who had been asked twice to leave the country.

      Jonathan Elias: What does the United States owe you?
      Zetuni Onyango: Nothing… and I own them nothing.
      Jonathan Elias: But it’s given you so much.
      Zetuni Onyango: So, it’s a free country, country under God.

      JE: Not exactly free. Zetuni has been costing Massachusetts taxpayers thousands of dollars between her housing and her disability checks. But she doesn’t see it that way.

      Zetuni Onyango: This country is owned by Almighty God, and you people are the people who are preaching Jesus Christ Almighty God and all the rest of it, you are here to help people, help the poor, help other counties and take care of women.
      Jonathan Elias: That’s what the United States is supposed to do?
      Zetuni Onyango: And you have to give me right like any other person’s right.
      Jonathan Elias: She says President Obama has not helped in her fight to gain asylum nor has stepped in to help financially, to get her off public assistance.
      Zetuni Onyango: I’m not the President’s obligation.

      J E: But having the President as her nephew has helped, in her most recent request for asylum the same Judge that 6 years ago ordered her out of the country, granted her asylum. The reason for the change? Quoting the ruling here… “Because of a relationship to President Obama, she will be a target if she is removed to Kenya.”

      Jonathan Elias: So, I tried to explain our system in very basic terms, but listen to how she responds. If we had 10 people standing around, and there was an agreement by all of them and they all put $10 in to buy something, or pay for something, a service, and a 11th person came in from somewhere else who never paid a dime, is that person…
      Zetuni Onyango: That’s Luck.
      Jonathan Elias: So the person who comes in, who never paid a dime into a system, but yet gets to take advantage of that system…
      Zetuni Onyango: That’s God’s miracles, don’t you believe in miracles?
      Jonathan Elias: You don’t think it’s unfair?
      Zetuni Onyango: It’s not unfair.

  2. oca says:

    The man is a criminal like his nephew. Both should be punished to full extent of law.

    1. WBMike says:

      Lame comment. If you are going to go that route, say all politicians are criminals. W was 1000x worse than most other presidents.

  3. yamstar1 says:

    And so as predicted yesterday, WBZ begins the process of carrying water for the Obama family by presenting this criminal in the most positive light possible. As predictable as the sunrise!

  4. Al says:

    So, was he voting too? Hey Deval Patrick. Is this what to envision for Massachusetts in the futrue.? Is this the direction you intend to take the state in your next term? If it is, you need to be removed from office. Do us all a favor and just resign. You have embarrassed the state enought all ready.

    1. A says:

      Why do you think both Menino and Patrick oppose the federal law proposal that local law enforcement may check immigration status on arrestee’s ?

      They wouldn’t be in office if it wasn’t for a large number of illegal minorities voting for them.

      Then once in a while they allow ICE to conduct a major operation. Take 20 or 30 illegals off the street but to what prevail when the floodgates are wide open at the other end

      By the time ICE deports 20, 50 has been granted access to the state

      Deval Patrick and Menino are both guilty of felony harboring of illegal immigrants.

      Would love to see CBS do some digging into that and how much these two actually know about the whereabouts and existence of illegals in MA.

      But doubt CBS has the balls to do it.

      Come on Keller. You are at large. Cutting edge. Expose these guys for they are

      1. mischv says:

        They know where President Obama’s illegal immigrant Aunt is, in Boston’s public housing, collecting disability checks!!!

  5. Ron says:

    What did Presidents Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower have in common?
    Back during the great depression, Herbert Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens that desperately needed work.
    Harry Truman deported over two million illegal aliens after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans.
    In 1954 Dwight Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexicans. It was done so WWII and Korean veterans would have a better chance at jobs. It took two years, but they deported them!.
    Why you might ask can’t they do this today? Actually the answer is quite simple. Hoover , Truman, and Eisenhower were men of honor who loved their country, not untrustworthy politicians looking for votes!
    Reminder: Don’t forget to pay your taxes – 12 to 20 million illegal aliens – are depending on you!

  6. FireGuyFrank says:

    Perhaps the Social Security Administration needs to change their rules to prevent illegal immigrants from receiving an SSN.

    Good points above.

  7. Linda says:

    No wonder SS is going broke and is saying it can’t afford to send checks to Americans who have paid in all their working lives, illegals are getting that too. SOME PEOPLE NEED TO START DOING THEIR JOB, NAMELY OBUMMER, FBI, ICE, HOMELAND SECURITY, TO NAME A FEW.

  8. Anna Yoder says:

    I’m not half as disgusted with the situation as Jack Williams would like to think……..I am more disgusted with Channel 4’s reporting on this topic by all so-called journalists, given the major news stories and suffering from Hurricane Irene. Is there no end to your attempts to discredit anything remotely connected to the government (at all levels) and especially to the Obama name and administration? I wouldn’t want to think there is a bit of racism behind any of this obvious glee to find an individual with the name Obama in the news………………..

    1. A says:

      Sure, but had it been Bush then…..

      Obama is the President of the United States. He is the head of the United States Government.

      No hurricane, tropical storm or rain drizzle is going to change that.

      If the Government didn’t want discrediting, perhaps they shouldn’t make is so easy to begin with

      1. roudydowdy says:

        President Obama and his administration has zero to do with this distant relative in MA. And now you play the Bush card. President Bush (41 or 43) would have zero to do with any distant relative in such a situation. Instead of talking about real issues, some people just want to wade in the sewer of back stabbing the other political party at any opportunity.

      2. A says:


        Obama’s Aunt was in the country illegally for years and years.
        She gets caught during Obama’s presidency and “magically” gets asylum in record time

        You still wanna stick with the whole “Obama and his administration has zero to do with distant relatives in MA” ?

        Are you that naive ?

        When this illegal immigrant, magically gets asylum or residency in a week or two, Obama and his administration has zero to do with that too I am sure – right ?

        And my comment about Bush was aimed at Anna and not “playing any cards” as you put it. Anna’s comment is text book example on a democratic party supporter who cannot deal with disapproval of her president but who most likely was first in line to bash Bush had it been reverse

  9. petem says:

    Do you or any of your acquaintances spend any time on things that have a shred of relevance? Do you spend any time beyond rush & Beck’s radio shows trying to find out what really is wrong or is your day spent going from story to story trying to find a way to blame it on Barack?
    This man has tried for nearly 3 years to lead in a way that is different than any of his predecessors. At EVERY turn he is blamed or chided or stories are made up. I don’t agree with everything he has done, but at least he’s tried to do his job. I cannot think of one Republican who tried to do their job in Congress. Why don’t you give it a try?
    By the way, their job doesn’t include obstruction. They are sent to Washington to be the voice of the people who elected them; all the people, not just the rich ones.

    1. A says:

      @ Petem

      My bad. He is doing a wonderful job. Swell guy, it is everyone else fault that he is not succeeding.

      I can’t work for congress nor the senate. I have principles and ethics which in itself disqualify me for ANY position in Washington or at the State House, regardless of the political side of aisle

      I do like your statement that they are sent to Washington to be the voice of the people who elected them. When may we expect them to actually do that ? Both sides

      I am not democrat nor republican as I think each side is about as useless as a wet newspaper.

      I don’t listen to Rush & Beck and detest Fox news. There does that make you change your mind a touch about me ?

      Spend time of things of relevance ? What do you think I am doing here ?

      Your projection of relevance scares me.

      If the fact that an illegal immigrant can stroll into this country, get SSN and License. RENEW their license 5 times and go unaddressed for 20 years despite a immigration warrant for their deportation, – if those things doesn’t constitute relevance in a country with 10% unemployment and a tanking economy, well – then I am done debating with you until you have a clearer understanding of the word Relevance.

      Further to that. If it is not relevant that these things are going on under the watchful eyes of a democratic statehouse (Deval who doesn’t want PD’s to check immigration status) and a democratic White House (Obama who threatens states planning to enforce federal laws when DC doesn’t). If that is not relevant – then I truly don’t know what the heck you see as relevance

      Unless of course, relevance means everything but saying anything bad about the current Administration.

  10. 1960 says:

    ron has it right on the money people. if you were born here why are you debating this? look up the definition of “illegal”. these people don’t deserve to have rights as americans as they are NOT US citizens make them get US citizenship period. WBZ should investigate both deval patick and the obama admistration of how many relatives and friends are illegal immigrants you’d be surprised, but yes it won’t happen because our government will prevent us from knowing the truth. it doesn’t matter who is in office, the president should protect the “people” – US citizens.

  11. Let's not forget says:

    Follow the trail there must have been many people along the lines that were not performing their jobs very well. Because if they were this man wouldn’t have a SS card or license. Has anyone checked how is he being supoorted?????? Check the signatures along the process and prosecute those employees that are not doing their jobs and puting americans in danger. I am sure there are many more like him. the anniversary of 9/11 is approaching and we man of us have become dormant once again….Please pray we don’t get another wake up call.

  12. jaygee says:

    Now I fully comprehend what a friend who works for Social Security tells me about people who enter this country illegally and how they know all of the angles. Most of us try to follow the rules because we don’t want trouble but individuals such as Uncle & Aunty understand exactly what has to be done. They get subsidized housing, social security #’s and a check to go with it for having done nothing to deserve it. Every city and town in this state has people driving vehicles without benefit of a license, registration or insurance & Innocent citizens are getting injured or killed by these people and yet a few “pseudo-liberals ” want to bend over backwards to make it even easier for people breaking the law to remain in this country. One question, how in the name of all that’s holy did we ever get to this point in time.

    1. A says:

      I agree completely and being an immigrant myself, legally from day one overseas, it blows my mind how much trouble I went through when it was and is so easy to do it illegally.

      I think it is mostly that this country prides itself with being a country of immigrants but to maintain its tough exterior, it needs immigration laws. Those are mostly for show as they sure as heck aren’t enforced.

      Secondly, it has gone from a country welcoming immigrants for their knowledge and know-how, to a country who needs illegals as part of the economy. Who else will pick oranges in CA for 2 bucks an hour ?

      That’s how we got here, this is how we end it, if you ask me.
      And yes it will hurt a little on valet next time you go shopping especially for produce and/or get your car fixed

      We have 140.000 combat ready troops in Afghanistan, Iraq and in the skies over Libya. Pull them home and put them on the border to Mexico and seal that section.

      Eliminate the Visa Waiver program. The federal government has clearly proven that they cannot manage people visiting on 90 day visa free programs and then never leave

      All visitors, don’t care if for business or pleasure needs a visa to enter

      Last but not least. Keep SS as a Federal agency but make the issuing of SSN’s the job of ICE.

  13. justsayin' says:

    Send him home. Let’s not have a repeat of his sister.

    1. WBMike says:


      But before sending him packing, take all of his possessions as a fine and to pay for all of the taxes he evaded and services he cost taxpayers. THEN ship him off to wherever so we don’t have to waste any more taxpayer money on him OR his immediate family.

  14. oops says:

    Dont worry they will come out and say it was a race issue as usual , when all fails blame a white person.

  15. D. C. says:

    I guess if you related to Obama you can do whatever you want. There are people in this country who have trouble getting welfare, but not his Aunt, and there are more illegals who have not been here that long with a SS# and license. If this was anyone else who did not have connections, they would be deported quickly. There should be no difference at all, but we live in a country where power is everything. It is way past the time to boot many politicians out of office.

  16. Mark says:

    Send him packing. The key word here is illegal!

  17. emom says:

    WHAT PART OF ILLEGAL DONT THEY UNDERSTAND,,, not only that he broke the law, with drunk driving, fake id’s and a ss card,,, AHHHHHH he broke at least 4 laws, 1) illegal, 2) fake license, ( maybe) , 3) possibly fake ss card, and 4) and DRUNK DRIVING,,,,,, lets see he just may have broke a few other laws, not seatbelted, LYING on applications,, Hell if us legal folks did all this ,,, we would be looking out from bars,,, WHAT rights doe she and his sister have that the legal folks can not have.,… Now have to wonder,, if the 2 of them came here together to escape their country,, like she tried to claim…. they should be made example off… deport them……

  18. WBMike says:

    Agreed. He has no rights. Send him off with only the clothes on his back.

  19. nicholasgram says:

    It’s inexcusable for the alledged president of our country NOT to deport his aunt and uncle.I don;t care if they are related or not.YOU are supposed to be a role model for my country,USA.Instead you have shown biased treatment for these ILLEGALS here in the country.I have no doubt that you were well informed about this family member.I know I am not the only one who thinks and feels this way.STOP spending our money on these ILLEGALS.When I figure out how much money each and every tax payer contribute for your illegal family member AND every other ILLEGAL here, I will send you a bill for my share.I never gave MY permission for you to take care of ILLEGALS WITH MY TAX DOLLARS.

  20. emom says:

    You know maybe the working folks that pay these taxes should STRIKE against the white house, state house , senate, the president…. March past them with signs bull horns and a large message that we as the working poor people of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, are tired of paying our FAIR SHARE , but to only have it handed out to people that not only do nothing but are here ILLEGALLY and feel ENTITLED to receive it because they BLAME us for being here.. REALLY I SAY… I didn’t ask you to come to our country with out any kind of plan in mind to stay here…. If I should happen to venture to your country with no intention of becoming a citizen of that country I will be deported or jailed….. GET YOUR RUMP OUT OF THIS COUNTRY AND GO HOME AND STOP PLACING BLAME WHERE ITS NOT… I didn’t invite you and should not have to pay for your housing, food, medical and or education, just because you feel ENTITLED TO MY GENEROSITY , which by the way should go to someone that truly CAN USE IT OR NEEDS IT…. LIKE OUR CURRENT UNEMPLOYED FAMILIES..

  21. Dave65 says:

    No one trying for a comment from the White House? Are we going to get an update on whether he is deported or not? 15 minutes of for his fame and then the news moves on and forgets all about a follow-up. No surprise there!

  22. james says:

    I live in Texas but I have worked in and around the Boston area….while working in Boston I saw so many illegals working in stores and restaurants and I talked to some of them . Most crossed the border between Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, California, so I asked them why they would not just stay where they came across and work. There answer was because those states would deport them if they were caught ….they knew they would not be deported in Boston . I worked with alot of people that were union carpenters but they were unable to find work through the union shop (I am not union) but they were losing jobs to the illegals because they were undercutting union wages. I never saw so many people who could not speak English…mind you I am from Texas …You could not go into a Dunkin donuts and make an order without explaining several times what you wanted .