President Obama’s “Auntie” Zeituni Onyango can stay in South Boston - for now.
Her removal proceeding today in federal court in Boston versus the Department of Homeland Security has concluded, but a final decision on her residency is not due until the spring.
The judge is giving both Onyango and the government 30 days to file closing arguments. He will then rule on her future no later than the May 25.
Onyango became a lightning rod for the immigration debate when she was discovered living illegally in South Boston during her nephew’s landmark 2008 White House run.She was in federal court today in a wheelchair asking a federal judge to throw her a welcome mat.
Onyango, the 57-year-old Kenyan half-sister of Obama’s late father, has been in the country illegally since being ordered deported in 2004. In a removal proceeding versus the Department of Homeland Security she succeeded in barring the public from, Onyango will argued for political asylum before U.S. Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro - though it’s unclear on what grounds.
One month after she became the aunt of the president of the United States, Shapiro granted her a temporary stay to remain in the country and reopened her case.
Auntie seems to have time on her side, good lawyers, and plenty of Doctors holding lots of opinions. How long does it take to give an illegal alien a plane ticket home from whence they came, 4,5,8 years? One would also think someone's case was trying to be prolonged until the law was changed to make every illegal legal!
PS I will keep this short...15 years ago we hired a hard working, well educated, tax paying family man from Albania who did not know how to work the system. Letters on his behalf were written by companies, individual, and churches. He was thrown into jail and deported within a month.