Mom, son gain green cards 

An undocumented 13-year-old boy and his mother earned green cards Wednesday despite felony charges against the teenager that threatened their deportation and fueled a political firestorm in The City.

The Examiner broke the story last month about how the Australian mother and son were set to be booted from the U.S. after the boy was arrested on suspicion of punching a classmate and stealing 46 cents.

However, subsequent media coverage of the politically charged story prompted federal officials to grant the boy and his mother, who’s married to a Muni driver and was in the process of applying for citizenship, more time to get their green card applications reviewed.

Those applications have been approved, said Angela Chan, staff attorney with the Asian Law Caucus, which has provided immigration legal services to the family.

The case forwarded the contentious battle between Mayor Gavin Newsom and Supervisor David Campos regarding enforcement of The City’s controversial sanctuary city policy.

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