It may seem that individuals who experience immigration issues fit a certain mold. The reality however is that individuals from a variety of backgrounds face immigration matters such as deportation. This is true in Miami as well as elsewhere in the nation. As it turns out, even relatives to the president of the United States are not exempt.
President Barack Obama's uncle recently faced this very thing. The 69-year-old man, who is originally from Kenya, has lived in the U.S., undocumented for several decades, since he was a young man. He arrived in the U.S. in 1963. Throughout the years the man finished high school and at least some college.
In the summer of 2011 he was arrested for drunk driving and records were uncovered regarding a deportation orders.
The man recently went before an immigration judge regarding the matter. The judge assigned to that case granted Obama’s uncle legal residency. The reasons cited for the change in status were two fold. First, because he arrived before 1972, a section of federal law makes it possible for him to obtain a green card. The man’s good moral character was also referenced.
This is not the first relative of the president who has had to deal with immigration matters. His sister faced deportation prior to the presidential election of 2008. Her issue was also favorably resolved and she received asylum.
Though not always easy, succeeding in battling a deportation order is possible. For most, working with an immigration lawyer in the matter is a necessity.
Source: The Boston Globe, “In reversal, Obama says he lived with uncle,” Maria Sacchetti, Dec. 5, 2013