August 18, 2010, - 12:47 pm

DumbAssity: “Reasoning” Behind Obama Aunt’s Asylum; Bush Brought ’08 Case to Let Her Stay

By Debbie Schlussel

Barack Obama’s illegal alien aunt, Zeituni Onyango, faces no threat to life or limb nor any persecution of any sort, had she returned to her native Africa.  Likely, she’d have been an honored resident in native Obamaland.  But, as you know, she sought asylum and got it from a moronic liberal immigration judge.


The Black Scamela Geller: Obama’s Aunt Zeituni Did Get Special Treatment

Onyango won’t be the first or the last to game the asylum system, as I noted on this site, the Obama administration made it that much easier to do so.  But the “reasoning” behind giving Ms. Onyango asylum is simply absurd and is found nowhere in immigration law and associated federal rules and regulations.  (Onyango also claimed she was in poor health but look at the pic.  She looks fine, kinda like the Black Scamela Geller minus the cheap, obvious hair extensions and car loan fraud schemes.)

Bush-appointed (nope, still don’t miss him yet) U.S. Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro granted Onyango asylum because she “deserved” to stay here, since a federal government official leaked her immigration status to the news media and this would somehow make her a target in Kenya.  (Read the full written decision here.)    HUH??? Obama is a hero there. PUH-LEEZE.

The immigration judge who granted President Obama’s aunt asylum three months ago based his decision on the fact that an anonymous federal official had disclosed information about her immigration status to the media, a “reckless’’ act that exposed her to heightened threats of persecution in her native Kenya, according to the ruling, obtained yesterday by the Globe.

Although the grant of asylum to Zeituni Onyango in May was made public, the written decision detailing the reason for it was kept under wraps because of federal privacy laws. But the secrecy sparked accusations that she had received favorable treatment.

The decision was released yesterday through the Freedom of Information Act.

Onyango, a 58-year-old resident of Boston public housing, had tried twice to win asylum allowing her to stay in the United States and had been rejected both times. But her third attempt came under different circumstances brought about in part by an anonymous government official, according to the decision.

Hmmm . . . who was that official? We have a right to know. But we DO know that this was a Bush Administration official, as this took place in 2008. (Sorry, I still don’t miss Bush yet.) And why are government officials bringing asylum cases for Barack Obama’s relatives when all other illegal aliens have to hire immigration lawyers to fight government officials in order to stay here?

Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro, who presided over her deportation case in February, said a federal law enforcement official’s public revelations about her confidential case catapulted Onyango into the spotlight in a “highly publicized and highly politicized manner’’ just days before Obama’s historic election in November 2008. The publicity and her status as Obama’s aunt are the crux of his 29-page decision.

Shapiro, a veteran immigration judge and Republican appointee, wrote harshly of the anonymous Bush administration official’s leak to the Associated Press for using confidential information for political purposes and said it was a “clear violation of federal regulations.’’

“Moreover,’’ he wrote, “the disclosure . . . was a reckless and illegal violation of her right to privacy which has exposed her to great risk.’’ . . .

Onyango came to the United States in 2000 on a “pleasure’’ trip and stayed after her visa expired the next year, according to Shapiro’s ruling. She filed for asylum in December 2002, but was denied and ordered deported. She soon reapplied but was again rejected, in 2004. . . .

In December 2008, Onyango’s lawyers persuaded the immigration court to reconsider her request for asylum. They argued that news of her attempts to gain asylum in the past would render her a “traitor’’ in Kenya and that the media had singled her out as the “illegal immigrant aunt’’ of Obama. . . .

In his ruling, Shapiro said Onyango’s testimony in February was sometimes confusing and inconsistent with what she said during her last quest for asylum six years ago. While Onyango did not prove that she suffered persecution while she lived in Kenya, he said he believed that her fear of future persecution was genuine.

Ridiculous. Ludicrous. Absurd.

This is why we will never have secure borders. Although she got special treatment for being an Obama, this is what many illegal aliens do, and a good deal of them succeed because they have judges like the moronic Judge Shapiro (appointed by Bush Republicans).

As I noted, asylum is granted only for reasons of persecution of some sort or another that the alien would allegedly endure if she is deported elsewhere.  Even those who cannot return to their native countries because of those reasons are often deported to some other country.  Yet, Onyango had no such reason.  Instead, she’s being rewarded because a heroic whistleblower spoke out against the outrage that she remained here.

Sickening.  Attention, Media Savvy Terrorists:  Try to get caught by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in Boston because Judge Shapiro is your man.

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15 Responses

Poor health? Lots of illegal aliens are in poor health. They have AIDS, Tuberculosis, and many other types of contagious diseases. If poor health is a reason for letting illegals stay here, it is just another threat to loyal Americans, especially because so many of these illegals with poor health work in restaurants, or handle food in other ways.

Little Al on August 18, 2010 at 1:24 pm

If being in the US illegally is grounds for any sort of “unfair treatment” in Kenya, shouldn’t Holder file some form of lawsuit against them?

peter on August 18, 2010 at 1:34 pm

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Nancy on August 18, 2010 at 2:05 pm

“Lots of illegal aliens are in poor health. They have AIDS, Tuberculosis, and many other types of contagious diseases.”

The way they are rushing in whole villages from Somalia and the middle east even the legal immigrants have all these illness’s. especially the horrible illness called islam.

ender on August 18, 2010 at 2:26 pm

“Scamela” Geller also now looks like she may’ve had some Botox along the way. But I digress . . . what about the bedbug epidemic in places like NYC (even in “high-class neighborhoods”) that hadn’t been a problem until this encouragement of immigration from Middle Eastern countries by the likes of Bush “Dubyah”? Sort of tied in, in some way, to this issue of Obama’s aunt and the asylum.

ConcernedPatriot on August 18, 2010 at 2:39 pm

Republicans are no better on the issue of securing our borders than the Democrats.

This is how illegal aliens game our immigration enforcement system and get to stay here for years on end. A sympathetic federal judge can always be found to back your case that you have good reason not to return home (one can always be found or made up) even they should. Like with Leonard Shapiro.

America: not very serious about upholding its national sovereignty!

NormanF on August 18, 2010 at 2:40 pm

OMG!!! The Relative of The Chosen One recieved special treatment? How can that be? Nancy Legosi drained the swamp and everybody is very ethical now. It must be a made up story by those pesky GW fans.

Farmerjohn on August 18, 2010 at 2:49 pm

Special treatment, of course.

Look around folks. How many of you live near ILLEGAL aliens and they not only get to live here, but with their ignorant ways, make your life miserable as they game the system and get “everything free in America”.

So sick. So sad. How far we have fallen.

Skunky on August 18, 2010 at 2:51 pm

I am sure that he granted her asylum because he wanted to, but we should also take into consideration the fear factor.

I am sure that there are many judges and other officials that are just scared of Obama. What would Obama have done to this judge if he didn’t grant his aunt asylum?

Debbie, you have cahones for speaking your mind. We are losing our freedom of speech because too many people are afraid to speak.

Do we really have freedom of speech if everyone is afraid to speak?

It feels like communist Russia around here.

Angie on August 18, 2010 at 3:33 pm

I agree;she received special treatment…no surprise. I also heard of a case recently where they granted asylum to an illegal because she claimed domestic violence from her husband. I think she was from Mexico. Guess more will start using that as a reason to come here too?

freedom4usa on August 18, 2010 at 4:09 pm

The merits of this case aside, what does someone seriously ill look like? Can you look at someone who can still walk and know they have MS? How about Lupus in remission or Rheumatoid arthritis in its early stages. If you can you have amazing powers of diagnosis and are in the wrong profession. There are many illnesses that threaten no one but the patient and that for a time anyway, are not visible. I’m sure Aunt Zeituni got special treatment but don’t make careless statements that penalize others, someone like me who looks fine but who needs a handicapped parking placard because even in a remission I can’t walk far.

mk750 on August 18, 2010 at 4:47 pm

I actually believe that auntie Onyango would be persecuted in kenya, but not for the weaselly crap that her lawyer stated. I believe the people of kenya would persecute her because of how much BHO has done for kenya versus that evil white devil George W. Bush. Please correct me if I am wrong, I don’t have the actual numbers in front of me right now, but I am very confident that Bush gave much more aid to Africa than BHO has.

– somewhere in kenya a village is missing a butt ugly U.S. law breaker and her idiot nephew

Jarhead on August 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm

Thomas Sowell wrote many years ago about the faulty methodology of using extreme and borderline cases to discredit the general rule. For instance (and perhaps I’m misquoting his example), he said that a typical lesson in moral choices in school might ask: ‘if you could only transport one of your parents across the river to save them, how would you decide which one?’

That example was supposed to teach kids in our PC environment how difficult it was to make moral choices, and, instead, to teach them postmodern relativism. It took a borderline situation and elevated it to a general situation.

Similarly, we know that illegals, and many legals as well, are ridden with contagious diseases, many of which we thought had been eliminated. The fact that there may be a very few illegals with autoimmune diseases hard to detect, or are not contagious, does not negate the general rule.

And in the case of illegals, having a severe autoimmune disease, as in mk750’s example, would not have stopped them from making the trek over here; similarly, it should not stop us from sending them back. We are not running a welfare state for illegals, or, more correctly, we are not supposed to be.

Little Al on August 18, 2010 at 4:59 pm

Little Al, right, I said, “merits of this case aside.” I was just making a generalized statement to respond to a generalized sweeping statement about how seriously ill people look. When someone in a position of influence says “…Onyango also claimed she was in poor health but look at the pic. She looks fine…” it enforces the idea that debilitating illness always results in wasted appearances which isn’t true. Such attitudes make it hard for the genuinely disabled to get any consideration for real needs e.g. the handicapped placard I mentioned.

mk750 on August 19, 2010 at 9:40 am

I actually disagree with you on this one. Unfortunately, other countries are not as used to having rich and poor so close together. Dominican athletes, for instance, come over to the Majors and have success, but their families are at risk for kidnapping because of money. Sadly, Kenya may be the same.

colt13 on August 19, 2010 at 11:26 am

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