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rockdawg21
05-18-2010, 12:56 AM
Favortism much?

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100517/ap_on_re_us/us_obama_s_aunt
US court grants asylum to Obama's African aunt

By MEGHAN BARR, Associated Press Writer Meghan Barr, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 48 mins ago

CLEVELAND 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.

Her lawyers would not comment on Onyango's medical troubles.

"She doesn't want people to feel sorry for her," said Scott Bratton, another of her attorneys.

Onyango's efforts to win asylum have lasted more than a decade, Wong said.

"She was ecstatic," Wong said at a news conference in Cleveland on Monday, describing Onyango's reaction to the news. "She was very, very happy."

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.

Onyango didn't immediately respond to telephone messages left by The Associated Press and didn't answer her door in Boston. Two police cars were stationed outside her apartment building trying to keep reporters away.

"She really does give people hope," Wong said. "Because if someone like her who was in the spotlight, in the limelight and it was all negative could make it in our land of the law, I think other people could, too."

Onyango will now apply for a work permit, which would provide some documentation that she is permitted to stay in the country and allow her to travel again, Wong said. A year from now, she will be eligible to apply for a green card, which is given to people who are granted legal permanent residency in the U.S., Wong said. Five years after receving her green card, she can apply to become a U.S. citizen.

"There are hundreds and thousands of people like her who really need help to stay here," Wong said. "When they first come to this country, they don't know what they are doing."

The media's portrayal of Onyango in recent years has not been entirely fair, Wong said.

"She may not be photogenic, but she's very much a smart, thoughtful, regal woman," Wong said.

Onyango initially came to the U.S. in 2000 just for a visit, Wong said. Her first request for political asylum in 2002 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. To escape the media attention, Onyango came to Cleveland for a couple of months in 2008, where she has many friends in the city's Kenyan community, Wong said. At that time, a family member in Cleveland contacted Wong.

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. The White House also said it was not helping Onyango with legal fees.

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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Associated Press writer Rodrique Ngowi in Boston contributed to this report.

flo
05-18-2010, 01:40 AM
Color me not surprised.

:muttering:

philips4
05-18-2010, 02:01 AM
:irked::thumbsdown:

MattHughesRocks
05-18-2010, 02:23 AM
Hey, if you were president you all would do the same thing :tongue0011:

rockdawg21
05-18-2010, 03:36 AM
Nope, I'd of told her to get to the back of the line and wait her turn just like everybody else. And if she doesn't like it, find her way to Mexico and swim across the Rio Grande into Arizona.

Bonnie
05-18-2010, 01:22 PM
I definitely think the fact he's President swayed decisions made now about her getting to stay. :wink:

County Mike
05-18-2010, 02:15 PM
This doesn't really bother me. As long as she's working towards citizenship and not committing crimes I don't care.

Miss Foxy
05-18-2010, 06:18 PM
This doesn't really bother me. As long as she's working towards citizenship and not committing crimes I don't care.

+1

Play The Man
05-18-2010, 06:44 PM
This doesn't really bother me. As long as she's working towards citizenship and not committing crimes I don't care.

I think that attitude might work on a small scale, but when you are up to 12 million + people it turns into a nightmare. Obama has not supported her financially since she has been in the country - she has been living in public housing. The Obama's made several million dollars last year. I find it disgusting that they haven't helped pay for her housing.

County Mike
05-18-2010, 06:54 PM
I think that attitude might work on a small scale, but when you are up to 12 million + people it turns into a nightmare. Obama has not supported her financially since she has been in the country - she has been living in public housing. The Obama's made several million dollars last year. I find it disgusting that they haven't helped pay for her housing.

That I didn't know. I am against illegals getting handouts. I change my opinion. How can he NOT help a family member? I guess he is 100% committed to his agenda of free handouts for the non-working people at the expense of the rest of us.

Play The Man
05-18-2010, 07:49 PM
That I didn't know. I am against illegals getting handouts. I change my opinion. How can he NOT help a family member? I guess he is 100% committed to his agenda of free handouts for the non-working people at the expense of the rest of us.


His aunt was denied asylum in 2002. She was supposed to be deported at that time but simply ignored the order. She has been living in public housing since that time. Her inability to pay for her own housing did not prevent her from making a $260 contribution to Obama's campaign. It is illegal for non-citizens to make such a contribution.

Please rethink your opinion on illegal immigration. I know that your wife recently gave birth to a baby (Congratulations!). On the same day that your child was born, there were probably hundreds of babies born to illegal aliens. Because those children were born on American soil, they are American citizens. In fact, some companies in foreign countries offer a service to time a pregnant woman's visa so she is in the USA when she gives birth.

Let us do a thought experiment. Fast-forward in your mind to 18 years from now. You have a smart daughter and she wants to be a judge or a doctor or some other professional. She applies to a university. At that same time, the child of an illegal immigrant applies to the same university. Your child is Caucasian. Let us say that the child of the illegal is Hispanic or Black. With current Affirmative Action policy, if your child and the Hispanic or Black child of an illegal have the same credentials, your child will be passed over and the child of the illegal will be admitted (In fact, your child will be passed over even if her credentials are significantly better than a Black or Hispanic child of an illegal). In fact, in some cases, the child of an illegal will receive in-state tuition discounts at a public university. Affirmative action is based on the assumption that the minority person has experienced horrendous discrimination. My question is, why would someone sneak into a country if they are going to experience horrendous discrimination? As I mentioned earlier, your daughter wants to be a professional. She will face the same problem when she applies to Law School, when she applies for a clerkship, when she applies for her first job, when she lobbies for a judgeship. At each stage, she will be at a disadvantage against the child of an illegal because of "diversity".

When I proofread the above, I realized that I made a mistake. I mentioned the word "minority" in the context of non-Caucasian people. That is now an error. This year, 2010, will be the first year that "minority" (i.e. non-Caucasian) births outnumber "majority" (i.e. Caucasian) births. Your daughter will be a "minority" in her peer group due to years of unchecked illegal immigration. Despite her "minority" status, I doubt she will get the benefit of Affirmative Action.

flo
05-18-2010, 08:47 PM
Great points as always, PTM.

adamt
05-18-2010, 10:55 PM
african americanme not surprised.

:muttering:


fixed

rearnakedchoke
05-19-2010, 03:13 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by flo
african americanme not surprised.




fixed

huh???