An Obama uncle, Onyango Okech Obama — who has been a family member of President Obama living in the U.S. illegally for dozens of years — recently won an ongoing immigration struggle to stay here in the nation. Onyango Obama’s attorney confirmed this Tuesday that a federal court has approved his assertion to stay safely and legally in his adopted country, CNN shares this Tuesday, Dec. 3.
The Obama uncle has received the official OK from a federal immigration judge, Leonard I. Shapiro of Massachusetts, to stay here in the U.S. “without precedent of argument” and obtain a green card. Onyango Obama has been living here in America for over 50 years, and had come into the public spotlight in recent years over an immigration battle, a struggle which he finally came to win this week.
Margaret Wong, who served as Obama’s uncle’s attorney, stated that during the hearing, the judge took a close look at Onyango Okech’s history and purported character, examining his long-term employment here in the U.S. as a grocery store worker in local Framingham. A review of his rent payments and tax records was also made; it was additionally mentioned that Onyango is not currently receiving benefits from public government assistance programs.
"I'm relieved, I represented the family for some time and it's really a relief," said Wong.
Onyango Okech Obama revealed during his personal statement and testimony to the federal immigration judge that he had housed President Barack Obama for just under a month when he was just a student and recently accepted into law school.
Wong said that Obama’s uncle is a “very proud, very honorable gentleman who is nice and quiet.”
Onyango Obama was arrested back in 2011 on charges of drunk driving, bringing his status as an illegal alien back into the public light, and has since been checking in with immigration on a regular basis.
"I'm so thankful that everything is finished," Wong concluded.
Federal immigration officials might still work to appeal Shapiro’s ruling concerning the dubbed “Obama uncle” if they choose to do so within a 30 day time limit, however.