Obama’s uncle, who ignored a deportation order, was granted permission to remain in the U.S. on Tuesday. Onyango Obama, 69, who is Obama’s uncle from his late father’s side of the family, presented his case in court yesterday. His life in the U.S. since 1963 consisted of working hard and paying his taxes for over 50 years in this country, according to the Washington Post on Dec. 3.
Judge Leonard Shapiro cited a law that entitles immigrants who arrived in this country before 1972 and who are “out of status” to become permanent residents. Obama’s uncle fits the criteria of this law which also requires that they’ve maintained continuous residence in the U.S. and they’ve demonstrated they are of “good moral character."
Obama has only been arrested once and that was for a DUI in 2011, other than this one blemish, the elder Obama has been a model citizen.
Obama's uncle played down his relationship to the President stating that he had a sister and two nieces when asked about family in the U.S., but added, I do have a nephew. When asked to name the nephew he said “Barack Obama” then continued with saying, “He is the president of the United States.”
Obama’s uncle is the half-brother of the president’s late father. His work record is excellent and he has done community volunteer work for years. He has been in the U.S. since 1963 and he fits the criteria of this law. Folks would be hard-pressed to say that having the president as a nephew paved the way for this man’s new residence status. It looks as if Obama's uncle did this all on his own accord and good record.