A US immigration judge ruled on Tuesday that President Barack Obama‘s Kenyan-born uncle can stay in the US as a lawful resident, despite his decades of dodging deportation and a 2011 drink-driving arrest.
Judge Leonard Shapiro made the decision after Onyango Obama, 69, testified that he had lived in the US for 50 years, been a hard worker, paid income tax and been arrested only once.
Asked about his family in the US, he said he has a sister and two nieces, then added, “I do have a nephew”. Asked to name the nephew, he said, “Barack Obama,” then added, “He’s the president of the United States”.
Onyango Obama arrived in the US in October 1963 on a student visa and has lived in the Boston region ever since, attorney Margaret Wong said in a statement.
Barack Obama’s late father brought his brother to the US in order to send him to a private school, Wong said.
The Kenyan national was “extremely grateful for the privilege of receiving his green card after more than 50 years in the United States,” she added.
He had a series of immigration hearings in the 1980s and was ordered to leave the country in 1992 but remained. see more