Onyango Obama, the president’s uncle, is asking immigration officials to allow him to remain in the US, citing the nearly fifty years that he has lived here. Although seemingly destined as a young man to be a key player in the unfolding story of his native Kenya, the elder Obama’s dreams foundered at an early age and he drifted into the pool of illegal immigrants living at the margins of American life. Now, thanks to his world-famous surname, Obama faces the possibility of an abrupt return to the country he left over a half a century ago.
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