Obama’s Uncle, Onyango Obama, Granted Permanent Residency Status

By on Dec 5, 2013 in International, Politics, United States, World Comments

Obama’s uncle, Onyango Obama, is granted permanent residency status in the United States by an immigration judge in Boston, several online news sites reported on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Reports said that Onyango Obama is a half brother of the president’s late father. He came to the United States from Kenya on a student visa that expired in 1970. He’s been living illegally in the United States since then.

Judge Leonard Shapiro ruled that President Obama‘s uncle qualified for a “green card” after living with “good moral character” since before 1972. It’s part of a provision in federal immigration law that allows immigrants to apply for legal permanent residency if they have “good moral character” and lived in the US since before 1972, reports said.

According to reports, Onyango Obama got his permanent residency status fairly under the law. The ruling will just be the same even if President Obama is not his nephew.

“He won it fair and square, not because he had a relationship,” Margaret Wong, Obama’s uncle’s attorney, was quoted as saying by the LA Times.

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