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Obama immigration case shows how loose the rules are

Published: Dec 7, 2012 11:30 am By: Boston Globe

"All the attention surrounding the case of Onyango Obama raises inevitable questions about a system that threatens to deport a man who has lived here, relatively peacefully, for half a century, based on a single offense. Obama pleaded “sufficient facts” to the drunken-driving charge, meaning that if he follows certain court-ordered provisions for a year, the case will be stripped from his record.

If the immigration rules seem too fungible, that’s because they are. Without comprehensive reform of the status of illegal immigrants, and a clearer, fairer set of standards for deportation rulings, immigration courts are left to improvise based on the facts of each case. And, it turns out, one of those cases just happens to involve the president’s uncle."

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