Nigerian man wins a New Year’s gift: Obama specially approves a green card for him (尼日利亚男子获新年大礼:奥巴马特批送其绿卡)


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Victor Chukwueke (second from the left) is shown with his surgeon, Dr. Ian Jackson, the doctor’s wife and the nun who has cared for him since he went to the United States. Photograph from CNN.

(From Netease, a popular Chinese web portal)

Published 2012-12-31 16:31:00, with 665 comments as of 2012-12-31 22:38:00

China News Service, December 31 report: According to American media reports on the 30th, a 26-year-old Nigerian youth who lives in Michigan, Victor Chukwueke, got a New Year’s gift from US President Barack Obama as the new year approached — a green card.

On the 28th, Obama signed a rare private bill granting Chukwueke permanent residency (also known as a green card), allowing this high-aiming immigrant to continue pursuing the American dream.

Chukwueke went to the US 11 years ago to undergo treatment for multiple wounds on his face. However, he illegally remained in America after his visa expired. At that time, he was only 15 years old. He strove to pursue his studies in America, later graduating from Wayne State University in Illinois and preparing to attend a certain medical school in Ohio. He could not do so, however, because he did not have the necessary green card.

The US Congress this month made the unusual move of giving him permanent residency through a private bill.  Obama signed the bill on the 28th, the same day it became effective. This kind of bill is aimed at only one person and is usually associated with immigrants. Bills of this nature rarely pass, however, and Chukwueke is the only immigrant to have gained permanent residency through such a bill in the past two years.

中新网12月31日电 据美国媒体30日报道,居住在美国密歇根州的26岁尼日利亚青年查克伍克(Victor Chukwueke),在新年即将来临前,拿到一份美国总统奥巴马赠送的新年大礼——绿卡。

奥巴马28日签署罕有的个人法案,给予查克伍克永久居留身份(绿卡),让这名力争上游的移民得以继续追寻美国梦。

查克伍克11年前来美国治疗脸部多重创伤,但签证过期违法留美,没有返回尼日利亚。当时只有15岁的他在美国努力求学,自伊利诺伊州韦恩州立大学(Wayne State University)毕业,并准备到俄亥俄州一所医学院深造,但却独缺必须的绿卡。

美国国会本月采取罕见行动,通过一项针对私人的法案,给予他永久居留身份,奥巴马28日签字生效。此种法案只针对一个人,通常与移民有关,但很少获得通过,查克伍克是两年来第一个过关的移民。

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Shotgun befitting a great master [Netizen from Tongling, Anhui] (published 2012-12-31 16:45:44) 3,807 likes

By the time the Celestial Empire issues green cards, I will be dead already.

(“Celestial Empire” was originally an honorific for Chinese imperial governments in the past. Chinese netizens now use the term to mock the current Chinese government.)

大师级喷子 [网易安徽省铜陵市网友]: 2012-12-31 16:45:44 发表 顶[3807]

待天朝散发绿卡时,我已不在人世!

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kdsjohn [Netizen from America] (published 2012-12-31 17:11:11) 3,739 likes

In America, those with expired visas and those illegally living in the country can go to college and are not repatriated. This is humanitarianism.

kdsjohn [网易美国网友]: 2012-12-31 17:11:11 发表 顶[3739]

签证逾期,非法滞留都可以在美国读大学,不被遣返,这真是人道主义。

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If you indulge in flights of fancy, don’t write without basis [Netizen from Foshan, Guangdong] (published 2012-12-31 17:16:10) 3,012 likes

Before immigrants can become naturalized American citizens, they are tested on civics. The immigration office asks: The US is a country that is governed by the rule of law. What is “rule of law?” The standard answer provided by the immigration office: The government should abide by the law.

胡思不乱写 [网易广东省佛山市网友]: 2012-12-31 17:16:10 发表 顶[3012]

移民入籍美国要考公民常识,移民局问:美国是法治国家,“法治国家”是什么意思?美国移民局的标准答案是:政府必须守法。

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Luo Hao 789 [Netizen from Chengdu, Sichuan] (published  2012-12-31 17:16:44) 2,606 likes

Equally, those who wish to receive a green card should please wait in line.

罗浩789 [网易四川省成都市网友]: 2012-12-31 17:16:44 发表 顶[2606]

同样希望得到绿卡的请排队

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Van Gogh does not choose the breed of dog he walks (published 2012-12-31 16:46:08) 1,393 likes

What an awesome gift! A specially approved one~~~, quick everyone, aim high!

梵高遛狗不挑品种 [网易山东省东营市网友]: 2012-12-31 16:46:08 发表 顶[1393]

好大一份礼!特批的~~~,都快力争上游吧!

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