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Favourable treatment for Presidents illegal migrant relative

December 2013, 22
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There’s been much controversy surrounding an event which happened in the US state of Boston when a foreign born man who had broken laws and also stayed in the US after his initial Student Visa ran out meaning he spend decades dodging deportation has been granted to stay in the US as a Lawful Resident by US Immigration Judge, Leonard Shapiro. The reason is reputed to be that said man just so happens to be US President Barack Obama’s Uncle. 

Kenyan born Onyango Obama, now aged 69, first entered the US on a Student Visa back in 1963 when he attended an elite educated establishment near Boston. At that time in America racism towards black people was still apparent and one wonders if the then teenage Onyango had been told that his nephew would be the first black president of America what his reaction would have been. After graduating in 1970 Mr Obama’s visa then ran out and by law he had to leave the US, though he opted to stay illegally and dodged deportation for over four decades also committing a drink driving offence which resulted in his arrest in 2011, it would not have looked good for this illegal migrant had he not been a resident of the country's President.

Judge Leonard Shapiro based his decision to award Onyango a Green Card, it is claimed, on his character being good, he said the defendant was a great asset to his community by volunteering regularly, being a good neighbour and having many friends, Onyango has also always paid his taxes. US law states those who arrived as legal migrants before 1972 were awarded Green Cards so long as they were of good moral character and this is the law the Immigration Judge went by.

During his chance to speak in court Mr Obama said that if he had to return to Kenya it would be most traumatic, saying he left his native land at the age of 17 and now nearing 70 he would have nobody there and transition would be difficult mentally, at his advanced age. He also put forward that he suffers from many mental ailments such as depression as well as high blood pressure and he would struggle to have these correctly treated in the land of his birth. Onyango is said to have a good relationship with his nephew, Barack and this has lead sceptics to believe the President's Uncle received unfair and favourable treatment through the US court.

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