Onyango Obama, President Obama's Kenyan-born uncle.
(Photo: Steven Senne, AP)
A federal judge ruled Tuesday that President Obama's uncle can remain in the United States.
Onyango "Omar" Obama, 69, who has been living in the U.S. for some 50 years, invoked his nephew's name as he successfully fought off efforts to deport him.
"I do have a nephew," he said during a hearing. "He's the president of the United States."
U.S. Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro ruled that Onyango Obama is of good moral character, pays his taxes, and meets the criteria for legal permanent residency.
From the Boston Globe:
"(Onyango Obama) also contradicted the White House's assertion that the president had never met him. Onyango Obama testified that his nephew lived with him in Cambridge for three weeks while the future president was a student at Harvard Law School in the late 1980s.
"Shapiro based his decision on a federal immigration law that allows people who have lived in the United States since prior to 1972 to apply for residency. ...
"Onyango Obama, with the help of the president's late father, came to the U.S. in 1963 from their native Kenya under a student visa, which was renewed before finally expiring in 1970. He has not obtained any other right under U.S. immigration laws since then, but said he obtained a valid Kenyan passport that was renewed a couple of years ago."