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U.S. grants asylum to Obama’s aunt

May 18, 2010

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— A U.S. immigration court has granted asylum to President Barack Obama’s African aunt, allowing her to stay in the country and setting her on the road to citizenship after years of legal wrangling, her attorneys announced Monday.

The decision was made by a judge in U.S. Immigration Court in Boston and mailed out Friday. It comes three months after Kenya native Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, testified at a closed hearing in Boston.

People who seek asylum must show that they face persecution in their homeland on the basis of religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group.

The basis for Onyango’s asylum request was never made public, but her lawyer Margaret Wong said last year that Onyango first applied for asylum “due to violence in Kenya.” The East African nation is fractured by cycles of electoral violence every five years.

Medical issues also could have played a role. In a November interview with The Associated Press, Onyango said she was disabled and was learning to walk again after being paralyzed from Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder. At her hearing in Boston earlier this year, she arrived in a wheelchair and two doctors testified in support of her case.

Wong said the White House was not informed of the ruling. Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said Monday that the White House had no involvement in the case at any point in the process.

Comments

Keith 4 years, 10 months ago

Why don't you two just call each other on the phone and talk? It would be more efficient and the rest of us wouldn't have to hear it.

ConcernedCynic 4 years, 10 months ago

Please do not comment/reply to their post. You are just giving them legitimacy!

anonyname 4 years, 10 months ago

My previous offer to barry to help organize a fundraiser for him to move somewhere other than a representative democracy still stands. Tom, I'd probably be willing to expand it to you if you'd like.

BigPrune 4 years, 10 months ago

Of course Obama had absolutely nothing to do with this embarrassing little episode. Obama has never told a lie in his life.

Now to find that job he promised me.

anonyname 4 years, 10 months ago

I wasn't reading the LJW at the time - were you as critical of the previous administration? Cheney's back-room energy deal...W's proud military service (oops! nevermind)...Mission Accomplished.... I'll agree that within the thousands of people hired or planned to be hired by this administration (if not anonymously blocked by Republicans in the Senate) there by odds have to be people who are dishonest or downright liars; you concede that nobody in the previous administration had halos over their heads.

Bush administration hiring practices: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/11/21/AR2008112103359.html

Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Is she going to be prosecuted for her illegal donation to Dear Leader's campaign?

50YearResident 4 years, 10 months ago

Get ready for, 1/2 brothers and 1/2 sisters, aunts, uncles. cousins, 1/2 cousins, inlaws, ex-inlaws, you name it, and all other possible relatives. The flood gates are open.

grammaddy 4 years, 10 months ago

First people were upset that he didn't "rescue" his half-brother from Kenya. Now they're mad that his Aunt gets to stay. You can't have it both ways. Poor guy, damned if he does, damned if he doesn't.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Dear Leader is pulling down some serious bucks. Why should American citizens support his relatives?

BigAl 4 years, 10 months ago

I knew this article was serving up a softball right down the middle. The right wingers are finding the sweet spot on this one.

I must admit, Tom's post at 6:29am almost had me laughing...almost. But I did manage to smile. This article does make for some fun reading.

Left_handed 4 years, 10 months ago

This should come as no surprise. Our esteemed president has already stated he doesn't believe we should enforce our existing immigration laws. I guess his oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States doesn't mean anything to him.

RoeDapple 4 years, 10 months ago

Will she get a Hawaii birth certificate? too?

Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Speaking of stereotyping: "vertigo (Jesse Crittenden) replies… Yes these two individuals sound like the type of people who are engaged in politics and are regular voters. Dumbest. Post. Ever. Oh it came from someone in oskie... that makes sense."

ferrislives 4 years, 10 months ago

All kidding aside, I have a problem with anyone cutting in line in the legal immigration process, regardless of who they're relatives are.

"People who seek asylum must show that they face persecution in their homeland on the basis of religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group."

I don't think that violence in Kenya or medical issues was meant to be used for asylum, so this whole thing looks fishy. There are a lot of countries that have violence, but it's whether or not you will be persecuted by that country that makes seeking asylum a proper step.

But please know what this doesn't put me in line with racist posters like oskiejackie. A comment like "does she wear lip plates ?" makes it pretty clear how her/its (lack of a) brain works.

MyName 4 years, 10 months ago

Wow, I guess it's time for the "guiding lights" on this board to start picking on little old ladies just because they're related to the current President. Can someone here please explain exactly how someone is supposed to be gaming the system here? The Immigration court listened to what she had to say and gave her asylum. If none of you bright bulbs can explain how, using actual real world data (instead of "guesses", "hunches" or "feelings of disgust towards the President"), then how about you give this up and go find a nun to kick or something. 'Cause that's about how low you are stooping towards here.

ivalueamerica 4 years, 10 months ago

Can anyone prove that what the judge did violated the Federal Process or was influanced by the President, or are you all content with making allegations with cowardice and inability to support your statements.

That boils you down to nothing more than liars.

yankeevet 4 years, 10 months ago

This be America; and anything goes in this country...........................

beatrice 4 years, 10 months ago

Two words for those upset about this: Scooter Libby.

Yes, it is good to have friends (or family) in high places, be you a Democrat or a Republican.

Next.

whats_going_on 4 years, 10 months ago

oh jeezus, could someone please save me the time and tell me if I should even go back and read the comments on this page? I can only imagine.

Flap Doodle 4 years, 10 months ago

Maybe the baggage will get a green card and start earning a living. Who knows, she might get off the taxpayers' dime someday.

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