Obama’s Aunt Resurfaces in Boston Public Housing

President Obama's Aunt Zeituni Polly Onyango
President Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Polly Onyango

President Obama’s aunt swept through immigration court in dramatic fashion yesterday after months in hiding, smiling broadly and saying “praise God” after a judge granted her 10 more months to fight deportation to her native Kenya. * 10 more months? She has been here 7 years living as an illegal immigrant. She has been on Public Housing, Food Stamps. 

A staff member at the Boston Housing Authority office, said Ms Onynango had been a volunteer resident health advocate between December 2007 and August this year(2008). She worked six hours a week for a small stipend. Records show she used the housing authority’s address to make her campaign contribution. Only American citizens are allowed to make campaign contributions. How was she able to make one? Who else was able to get passed that little law?

Dressed in a long herringbone coat and wearing dark sunglasses and a wig of rust-colored curls, Zeituni Polly Onyango, 56, was whisked into a small, boxy courtroom for a closed-door hearing on the deportation charges against her. After 10 minutes, she was escorted out by a security detail, her head high, as guards blocked reporters from asking questions.

The former computer programmer remains an enigma, never more so than yesterday with her upbeat appearance in the national spotlight. Her next hearing is Feb. 4, 2010, when she is expected to present evidence and testimony to support her case.

As expected, immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro’s decision came under sharp scrutiny and some criticism yesterday. Bloggers and others contended that she was receiving special treatment, from the decision to reopen her case to the heavy security she received in court. She was ordered deported twice; first in 2003, and then in 2004 after she sought to reopen her case. *Is she not receiving special treatment? Now she’s thinks she should stay because “She’d be a sitting duck to someone who’d want to send a message to the United States”. If she was deported 7 years ago she would be the same “DUCK” . The rest of his family still lives there with no trouble so why would she be different?

“I’m very disappointed that the rule of law means nothing in my nation anymore,” said William Gheen, president of the Americans for Legal Immigration Political Action Committee, which has called for her deportation. “It’s pretty apparent that some powerful people behind the scenes are pulling some strings for her.” * I agree! If she was deported would she be more out to tell where President Obama was born?

Immigration court officials said the heightened media attention merited the extra security. The hearing was closed at her lawyer’s request, which is her right, court officials said.

“Ms. Onyango’s case is being treated just like any other case before an immigration judge,” said Fatimah Mateen, a court spokeswoman who briefed reporters in the courtroom lobby, near a framed photograph of President Obama on the wall.

Area immigration lawyers said a 10-month delay is typical in the backlogged immigration court, in the John F. Kennedy Federal Building. The court has six judges to hear about 14,000 pending immigration cases.

“Anybody who says she’s getting favorable treatment does not practice law in the Boston immigration court,” said Anthony Drago, a Boston immigration lawyer and the incoming chairman of the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. “She’s lucky to get an appointment 10 months down the road.”

In addition, lawyers said, Onyango may have legitimate new reasons to seek legal residency now.

Her lawyers would not discuss her legal strategy. * We know what it is…….She President Obama’s Aunt.

But William Joyce, a former immigration judge in Boston who is now in private practice, said asylum is Onyango’s most likely option now. She could argue that her case merits a review because her circumstances have changed dramatically. Political unrest has escalated recently in Kenya, and she is greatly exposed in the media as the aunt of the president of the United States.

“I don’t think she can go back. She’d be at grave risk,” said Joyce, a judge in Boston from 1996 to 2002. “She’d be a sitting duck to someone who’d want to send a message to the United States.” * So what about the rest of his family? Should they come to America and live in public housing?

Onyango and her lawyers have declined requests for interviews. But a portrait of her troubled life has emerged in recent months. She long ago left an abusive marriage, came to the United States seeking a better life in 2000, and applied for political asylum in 2002, citing violence in Kenya. She moved into public housing in Boston in 2003 while her case was going through the system, and remained after she was ordered deported in 2004.

She suffers from health problems, including a neurological condition and back problems, requiring her to walk with a cane. * Send her to President Obama’s Doctors let him pay the bill then send her home.

Neighbors and others said she is a quiet, independent woman who never revealed she was Obama’s aunt until it was exposed just before the election last year.

“She wants to live peacefully here. She wants to be legally here,” said Mike Rogers, a spokesman for her lawyers, Margaret Wong and Scott Bratton of Cleveland, where Onyango moved briefly last year with relatives to escape the media attention in Boston. “She wants to be a legal immigrant, not an illegal immigrant, and that’s why she’s got all these lawyers here to make that happen.”

Onyango is the half sister of Obama’s late father, who was rarely a part of his life. Obama did not meet her until his 1988 trip to Kenya, which he chronicled in his book “Dreams from My Father.” In the book he called her “Auntie Zeituni.”

Obama has repeatedly said he is staying out of her case. Yesterday, Ben LaBolt, White House spokesman, said Obama has not contributed to her legal fees. Unlike criminal courts, defendants in immigration courts are not entitled to legal representation and must pay for it themselves. * If she can not pay for her rent….and has not paid rent for some time now …….then how is she paying for her lawyers? Is President Obama slipping her some funds or maybe FRIENDS of President Obama’s? Enquiring minds want to know!

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  7. So, she’s still here living in public housing at taxpayers expense? Still snubbing her nose at out immigration laws. Just who the hell does she think she is?

    I for one, am sick and tired of these ILLEGAL ALIENS snubbing their nose at our immigration laws and the many other laws of this Country. If our Federal Government can not ENFORCE our immigration laws, and get these ILLEGAL ALIENS out of this Country, then let the States do it! One way or another, an end has to come to this illegal immigration, and not with AMNESTY! Amnesty will only encourage more ILLEGAL ALIENS to invade our Country and reward those who broke our laws and raped the American taxpayer in many ways…depressing our wages, taking our jobs, overwhelming our schools with their ILLEGAL ALIEN children, driving without a license or car insurance, all the crime from stolen identities to rape, drugs and everything else.

    It’s time for ZERO TOLERENCE with these ILLEGAL ALIENS. It’s time for them get out of this Country and back in their own Country where they belong. When we get rid of the ILLEGAL ALIENS, we will get rid of all the problems that go with them. THAT IS A FACT!

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