The Associated Press finally picked up on this story. I haven't seen anything about it on any of the major networks. I'm still trying to figure out why this isn't bigger news, especially considering the fact that it comes on the heels of the issuance of the administration's recent policy annoucement. To my knowledge the President hasn't commented on the story, although the White House has confirmed Unlce Omar's identity as the President's uncle.
EDIT: Fox News is now reporting the story.
In any event, the AP confirms that Uncle Omar is being held without bail and that an immigration detainer has been issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Court documents reflect that Uncle Omar is subject to a previous deportation or removal order.
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Uncle Omar was mentioned in President Obama's book "Dreams from My Father" as "the uncle who had left for America twenty-five years ago and had never come back." We shall see if the time has come for Uncle Omar to finally go back to Kenya, or if the Administration will use its discretionary authority to stay his removal.
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Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).