Although not highly publicized by the mainstream media, last week Barack Obama’s Kenyan Aunt Zeituni Onyango who has been in the United States illegally since 2004 went to court regarding her continued stay in the United States. For those who have never heard of Zeituni it’s an interesting story.
Recently, I touched on the illegal immigration issue when I wrote, “Needing immigrants to do those dirty jobs.” Some of the illegals work here while others …don’t.
Today I received a note (see bottom of this post) from one of my readers reminding me that the immigration issue is still polarizing.
Obama’s Auntie — a Kenyan citizen — arrived to the United States in 2000 on a tourist visa at Barack Obama‘s invitation. She never went back to Africa. In 2004, her request for asylum was rejected, and she was ordered deported. She didn’t go.
In 2008, during Obama’s run for the Presidency, a European news agency reported that Zeutini — in her mid 50’s — was living illegally in the United States. In hushed tones, the blogosphere went alive with reports that not only was Baracks favorite aunt living illegally in Boston – but she has been living in the US off of our tax dollars in public housing.
According to World Net Daily, Boston Housing Authority spokesman Bill McGonagle told the Herald she received a small stipend over the past year for working six hours a week as a volunteer resident health advocate in her complex.
Speaking with the UK Times Online outside her home in Boston, Zeituni confirmed she was Obama’s beloved “Auntie Zeituni” in his published memoir. However, she declined to answer most other questions about her relationship with the presidential contender until after the November 4 election.
“I can’t talk about it, I just pray for him, that’s all,” she said, adding: “After the 4th, I can talk to anyone.”
In November 2008 — immediately after the Presidential election — the now “lawyered up” Zeituni announced a legal fight against the 2004 deportation order.
In April 2009 Baracks’ Auntie appeared in a closed hearing in response to the two previous orders to leave the US. She was wearing a rust colored wig and using a cane.
The Judge gave her a 10-month reprieve (a stay of deportation) with a scheduled full hearing on her asylum set for February 4, 2010.
In July 2009 Zeutini told the Boston Herald in an interview that the pearls and dress she was wearing were gifts from her nephew Barack.
February 4, 2010 saw Zeituni arrive to the courthouse in a wheelchair for the closed hearing. Handicapped from the paralyzing consecuence of the autoimmune disorder Guillain-Barre syndrome she is learning to walk again. The Boston Harold described the scene at the immigration hearing as an entourage of gray suits and ear pieces.
The judge gave attorneys 30 days to present final written arguments. Zeituni is allowed to stay in the US until a decision is made at the scheduled May 25 follow-up hearing.
May 14, 2010 saw the US Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro, in Boston award asylum to the disabled, public housed Aunt Zeituni. Asylum was granted on the grounds that Zeituni had a well-founded fear of being persecuted by some members of the Kenyan government if she were returned to Kenya.
August 17, 2010 under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) the court documents were released to the public regarding the asylum case. According to the 29-page report — which is posted on Scribd, the judge made mention of a government official who leaked information regarding the aunts’ status to the press prior to the Presidential election. (apparently, this too, was Bushs’ fault)
August 19, 2010 the Kenyan Government speaks out — view YouTube video below — against the US court ruling on Zeituni Onyango stating, “…the government us unhappy with the court ruling about the Zeituni Onyango asylum case. …the allegations made against the country are not only untrue, but unrealistic to any person who understands our country.” The press release went on to say that when one seeks residency in a country one should speak the truth. Additional comments were made regarding immigration in general.
By all accounts, it seems that the Kenyan Government is the one telling the truth. It’s common knowledge that many of President Obama’s relatives not only live peacefully in Kenya, but are now celebrities. The Kenyan government connected grandmother “Sarah” Obama’s home to the national power grid and made the road leading to her village more passable since Obama’s election win.
UPDATE: September 2010 – Zeituni grants a request for an interview to WBZTV-Boston.
Zeituni is not unlike others living in this country refusing to leave.
They’re called illegal aliens.
If you recall, amnesty for illegals is on Obama’s “to do” list.
Today I received an e-mail from one of my readers:
Let me see if I got this right
If you cross the North Korean border illegally you get 12 years hard labor.
If you cross the Iranian border illegally you are detained indefinitely.
If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot.
If you cross the Saudi Arabian border illegally you will be jailed.
If you cross the Chinese border illegally you may never be heard from again.
If you cross the Venezuelan border illegally you will be branded a spy and your fate will be sealed.
If you cross the Cuban border illegally you will be thrown into political prison to rot.
But, if you cross the United States border illegally you get:
A drivers license
Social Security card
Subsidized rent or a loan to buy a house
Free health care
A lobbyist in Washington
Billions of dollars worth of public documents printed in your language
The right to carry your country’s flag while you protest that you don’t get enough respect
I just wanted to make sure I had a firm grasp on the situation. ~anonymous
The person who wrote the letter above overlooked two other things offered to the cornucopia of new US residents.
HIV-positive travelers and immigrants have been banned from entering or traveling through the United States without a special waiver since 1987. The President announced in late 2009 that he would eliminate the HIV entry ban into the United States. Obama’s new immigration: hope, change and HIV
2009 saw a Supreme Court ruling in favor of a Mexican citizen who gave his US employer counterfeit Social Security and alien registration cards containing his name but other people’s identification numbers. According to the ruling, the court has to prove a person knowingly used someone’s identification as opposed to making up a number and causing identity theft by chance. Supreme Court rules on identity theft