Wednesday, December 4, 2013

President's Uncle Regularizes Immigration Status After 50 Years

Obama's Uncle Wins Rare 'Registry' Green Card

The Boston Globe reports that a federal immigration judge ruled yesterday that President Obama’s uncle can remain in the United States, sparing him deportation to his native Kenya after living in this country for 50 years.  Onyango “Omar” Obama can now get a green card, and in five years, apply for US citizenship, unless the Department of Homeland Security appeals the case within 30 days.

According to the Globe,

"The case stirred controversy because the president’s uncle was arrested in 2011 for drunken driving in Framingham and was found to have an outstanding deportation order from 1992. Many accused the government of giving him special treatment at the same time President Obama is deporting record numbers of illegal immigrants. But Shapiro said Onyango Obama was eligible for a green card under federal immigration law because he arrived in America before 1972 and had displayed “good moral character.” The judge said the 69-year-old paid taxes, volunteered in the community, and was a “kind and decent” person."


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