Despite a DUI arrest and ignoring deportation orders from two decades ago, Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born uncle, Onyango, is being permitted to remain in the U.S as a lawful resident. U.S. Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro said that despite living illegally in the U.S. for over 20 years, he had proven himself to be an upstanding citizen. The judge cited the community service that Onyango had engaged in, faithfully paying his taxes and being a “good neighbor” to those around him.
Shapiro said that “he appears to me to be a gentleman and I’m inclined to grant his application on that basis.” Onyango can now get a green card and apply for U.S. citizenship in five years.
Onyango was permitted to stay based on a law that grants green cards to foreigners who arrived in the U.S before 1972, provided that they are of good moral character. After arriving in the U.S to attend an elite Boston boarding school in 1963, Onyango was supposed to return to Kenya in 1970. However, he continued to stay and was ultimately asked to leave the country after being denied green card access in the 1980s, largely due to the fact that he lied to immigration officials about being employed.
From 2000-2011, he worked at a convenience store in a Boston suburb, but his deportation order came to light after the DUI arrest. It’s being reported that Obama’s uncle plans to continue residing in the Boston area. During his hearing, it was also confirmed that the President had lived with him for three weeks in the 1980’s.