Plymouth County, Ma., officials released President Obama's uncle from jail yesterday after holding him for more than two weeks on an immigration detainer for violating an order to return to his native Kenya in 1992, reports the Boston Globe. U.S. officials refused to disclose any other information about Onyango Obama, 67, including whether he posted bond, or whether they are still seeking his deportation.
Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Brian Hale said privacy law and the agency’s policies prohibit releasing information. Jessica Vaughan of the Center for Immigration Studies, which favors tougher limits on immigration, said the federal agency should be more transparent, especially in a case involving a relative of the president. “This whole nonsense about privacy is a policy — it’s not the law,” she said. “It’s a choice that [the agency] is making. I think it’s very cowardly. [ ]Their behavior show that they don’t want to be accountable to anybody”