Press Release: Uncle Obama was granted his green card today
PRESS RELEASE Cleveland, December 3, 2013: Obama Okech Onyango, age 69 and born in Kenya, was granted his green card on December 3, 2013 by Boston Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro. President Obama’s late father brought Obama Onyango to the United States in 1963 to attend private school and he has stayed in the Boston, Massachusetts area ever since. Returning to Kenya at this point in his life would have been a traumatic experience as he no longer has neither close friends nor family there and has built a life in this country. Judge Shapiro cited a law that entitles immigrants who arrived in the United States before 1972 and have displayed good moral character to remain in the country permanently. Mr. Onyango’s long history of employment in Massachusetts, tax records, rent payments, lack of reliance on government assistance and involvement in his community all contributed to the Judge’s decision. He received no special treatment in his case due to his relationship with the President. Mr. Onyango is extremely grateful for the privilege of receiving his green card after more than fifty years in the United States. His lawyers, Margaret Wong and Scott Bratton, also represented his sister, Zeituni Onyango, who received a green card in 2010 and the privilege to stay in the United States.