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Obama's Aunt, Zeituni Onyango, Granted Asylum By U.S. Court

Posted by on May. 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM
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CLEVELAND — A U.S. immigration court has granted asylum to President Barack Obama's African aunt, allowing her to stay in the country, her attorneys announced Monday.

The decision was mailed Friday and comes three months after Kenya native Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Obama's late father, testified at a closed hearing in Boston, where she arrived in a wheelchair and two doctors testified in support of her case.

Onyango plans to apply for a work visa and can apply for a green card after she gets it, her attorneys said.

The basis for her asylum request was never made public. 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 asylum process is confidential and she wants to keep it that way, so we can't get into details on why the judge granted asylum or the exact basis for her claim," said her attorney Scott Bratton. He added: "She doesn't want people to feel sorry for her."

Another lawyer, Margaret Wong of Cleveland, 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.

Onyango moved to the United States in 2000. Her first asylum request was rejected, and she was ordered deported in 2004. But she didn't leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston.

Onyango's status as an illegal immigrant was revealed just days before Obama was elected in November 2008. Obama said he did not know his aunt was living here illegally and believes laws covering the situation should be followed.

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A judge later agreed to suspend her deportation order and reopen her asylum case.

Wong has said that Obama wasn't involved in the Boston hearing. Obama spokesman Nick Shapiro said Monday that the White House had no involvement in the case at any point in the process.

In his memoir, "Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance," Obama affectionately referred to Onyango as "Auntie Zeituni" and described meeting her during his 1988 trip to Kenya.

Onyango helped care for the president's half brothers and sister while living with Barack Obama Sr. in Kenya.

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catamaran1234
by Silver Member on May. 17, 2010 at 7:10 PM

Great..... now she can continue living in public housing and get all her free stuff. Good for Auntie Zeituni!!!!

catamaran1234
by Silver Member on May. 17, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Hmmm its interesting that the Liberal Dems have no problem spending my money but do you think BO, as a millionaire, might be able to help out his aunt just a little? 

 

I guess socialism is great until it is your money that is getting taken away.

 

mommatbot
by Member on May. 17, 2010 at 9:57 PM

what a shock.

catamaran1234
by Silver Member on May. 17, 2010 at 10:01 PM

Funny, if this had happened in a Rep. presidency you know the press would be all over it and the Dems would be screaming for an investigation.

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 17, 2010 at 10:06 PM


Quoting catamaran1234:

Funny, if this had happened in a Rep. presidency you know the press would be all over it and the Dems would be screaming for an investigation.

Wasn't there an investigation done?  I thought that was why she was allowed to stay in the country.  I really don't see that it has much to do with the President.  I don't know about you, but I don't feel the need to support my entire family, so why would you think he needs to support this person?  You have mentioned numerous times that we all need to stand up and take care of ourselves, but you bash Obama for not providing for his father's half-sister.

mommatbot
by Member on May. 17, 2010 at 10:07 PM

Of coarse it will be kept confidential. They would never say it's because she's related to the president. And in another part of the article they suggested it might have been because of the violence in Kenya...so why aren't we bringing all people from violent countries here?? It seems only fair, right?

Quoting SxyMartini:


The basis for her asylum request was never made public. 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 asylum process is confidential and she wants to keep it that way, so we can't get into details on why the judge granted asylum or the exact basis for her claim," said her attorney Scott Bratton. He added: "She doesn't want people to feel sorry for her."


aidans_mama
by on May. 17, 2010 at 10:08 PM

You don't know what would happen if this were a Republican President in a similar situation.  I'm not even bothered by this situation.  Shit, the govt. spends my socialistic, liberal money just as they spend your conservative dollars. 

Article states she is going to apply for a work visa, then a green card.  I say that is a good way to go.  Don't know how much work she can do being that she is in a wheelchair, but it's something.  How do you know she isn't being helped by Obama.  Shit, just the pic of her in the article looks ten times better than some pics I saw of her last year, maybe he's tossing her a few dollars.  Besides, he'd catch hell for helping her just as he is catching hell for not helping her (even though there isn't any proof either way). 

LauraKW
by "Dude!" on May. 17, 2010 at 10:09 PM


Quoting mommatbot:

Of coarse it will be kept confidential. They would never say it's because she's related to the president. And in another part of the article they suggested it might have been because of the violence in Kenya...so why aren't we bringing all people from violent countries here?? It seems only fair, right?

Quoting SxyMartini:

 

The basis for her asylum request was never made public. 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 asylum process is confidential and she wants to keep it that way, so we can't get into details on why the judge granted asylum or the exact basis for her claim," said her attorney Scott Bratton. He added: "She doesn't want people to feel sorry for her."


Do you understand why asylum records are kept confidential, or are you just assuming?  I'm going with that assumption theory for you.  "We" didn't "bring" her here, that is not how asylum works.

aidans_mama
by on May. 17, 2010 at 10:13 PM

 

Quoting mommatbot:

Of coarse it will be kept confidential. They would never say it's because she's related to the president. And in another part of the article they suggested it might have been because of the violence in Kenya...so why aren't we bringing all people from violent countries here?? It seems only fair, right?

Quoting SxyMartini:

 

The basis for her asylum request was never made public. 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 asylum process is confidential and she wants to keep it that way, so we can't get into details on why the judge granted asylum or the exact basis for her claim," said her attorney Scott Bratton. He added: "She doesn't want people to feel sorry for her."


Because we Americans don't go into to countries riddled with violence and bring people here for better lives.  If it were up to me, I'd bring them all here.  But it's not...so those wishing to escape the violence in their home countries must find a way to make it to the states and apply for asylum and hope it is granted.

LoveMyBoyK
by Ruby Member on May. 17, 2010 at 10:15 PM

Again, how convenient. 

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