The president was not close to his late father’s side of the family, but he wrote about them in his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father.”
But immigration lawyers said the fact that Obama is related to the president could bolster a potential argument that it would be unsafe for him to return to Kenya.
“Anyone who’s related to the president of the United States technically is at risk,” said Matthew Maiona, a Boston immigration lawyer.
Obama’s immigration history is a bit of mystery because immigration court files are closed to the public. According to the earlier judges’ decisions obtained by the Globe, an immigration judge first ordered him deported in October 1986 because he had no legal basis to stay and no special factors, such as American-born children, that would allow the judge to let him stay.
Onyango Obama came to America at age 17, in October 1963, to study at an elite boys’ school in Cambridge. According to the judge’s decision, he was supposed to have left the United States by Dec. 24, 1970.
Instead, Obama worked from 1973 to September 1984, when immigration officials found him, according to the court’s decision. In 1989, the judge again ordered him deported, and three years later the Board of Immigration ppeals dismissed his appeal.
Maria Sacchetti can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.