We have felt for a long time now what (if any) disposition a couple of not immediate family members of Barack Hussein Obama – living here in the United States illegally – what and how would he get around current and ancient Immigration and Nationalization law on the books since the beginning of this country.
You see President Obama has an Auntie that he’s even mentioned in his books that has been living in this nation for a long time, we believe before he became a U.S. Senator.
Zeituni Onyango, who moved to the U.S. in 2000, first applied for asylum in 2002 “due to violence in Kenya.” That request was rejected and she was ordered to leave the country.
Instead of returning home, Onyango, who helped raise the president’s half brothers and sister in Kenya and whom Obama affectionately referred to as “Auntie Zeituni” in his memoir, has remained in Boston, living in subsidized public housing.
Onyango, 59, the half-sister of Obama’s late father, made a personal appeal before a judge at a closed hearing in February, but details of the case she made remains unclear.
This is what we’ve managed to piece together: Originally, Auntie Zeituni arrived in 2000 and first applied for asylum in 2002 where she stated that she wanted asylum because of “violence in Kenya.” Her application was denied and she was ordered to leave the United States.
ABC News reported that Onyango’s medical conditions were part of the request for asylum and that two doctors testified on her behalf. She is said to suffer from Guillain-Barre syndrome, an autoimmune disorder, which left her temporarily paralyzed. (Note that this was reported in 2008, six-years after being denied asylum, and four years since being told that she must leave the country.)
Onyango’s case, which first surfaced in October 2008, just before the presidential election, has drawn international attention and speculation about whether Obama would intervene on her behalf.
The Department of Homeland Security, which is part of the Obama administration, prosecuted the case, which was heard in a closed hearing before U.S. Immigration Court Judge Leonard Shapiro.
While details of Onyango’s appeal are not being disclosed, her case is notable given how rarely asylum is granted.
Kenyans have made up a relatively small portion of asylum requests over the past 10 years. Of the 343 applications from Kenya in 2008, only 60 were granted asylum.
Asylum is granted by law in cases when an individual faces “persecution or a well-founded fear of persecution on account of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service.
Just When you’d thought you’d heard it all…
When WBZ-TV asked him for a brief interview, he responded, “I don’t have time to talk to anybody” and would say no more.
As of Friday, the biological half-uncle of President Barack Obama will be able to legally obtain a Massachusetts driver’s license, even though he’s living in the country illegally.
He lost his license in March, after pleading out to drunk driving charges. He’s been driving on a special hardship license since then anyway.
“The outrageous nature of this situation keeps getting worse and worse and worse,” says State Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr, who just this afternoon introduced an amendment requiring the RMV to verify immigration status before issuing a license. The issue is set to be discussed at the State House at the end of May.
Tarr says his office is receiving plenty of angry calls from constituents, since Obama is “about to walk into the Registry of Motor Vehicles and be eligible for a permanent license based on the fact that he’s somehow here legally, which isn’t the case.”
The RMV says it only has to ask for a Social Security Number, which Obama has.
In a statement to WBZ this afternoon, MassDOT’s Press Secretary Sara Lavoie explained that “Mr. Obama was granted a hardship [license] by the RMV after meeting the criteria that all operators in MA have to satisfy to get a hardship license after a first offense OUI … There have not been any changes made to these terms and conditions since issuance. Mr. Obama has been licensed since at least the early 1990′s, which is the earliest our records show.”
“This is a very direct case,” he explains. “An individual who is here illegally is the subject of a final deportation order, [yet] is eligible according to our state government for a driver’s license. We shouldn’t have to study that for a long time before we take action. If the registrar is suggesting that she doesn’t have the power because she’s only required to ask for certain things, we’re saying, add another thing to the list: ‘Are you in this country legally?’ It’s an easy fix.”