Post # 1
President Obama’s aunt was ordered years ago to leave the country and she has since stayed illegally. She lives in subsidized housing and collects welfare. She is currently on a book tour for her new book and I assume she’ll be making some money off it (as she has publicly said she hopes to). http://www.auntiezeituni.com/#!order-book
Do you think she should be deported or given asylum? ( A judge has rejected her plea for asylum saying their is no basis to it, I think in 2008, but I’m not positive about the date).
Post # 3
Well to play nice I won’t go into detail but I have very strong opinions on ILLEGAL immigration in this country. I don’t care who you are related to….Obama’s aunt included….you need to go.
Obviously asylum rules make things less black and white but if a judge says they don’t apply then case closed.
Post # 4
@Treejewel19: agreed! Seems as if they are bending the rules for her.
Post # 5
I am a HUGE obama supportor but his aunt needs to go. I have BIG issues with illegal immigrants that are here sucking resources from this country….it makes me sick!
Post # 6
@Treejewel19: I agree. I can’t believe that she’s out publicly doing interviews and no one bats an eye.
Post # 9
President Obama’s father’s relatives – this aunt, and a distant uncle who is also here in Mass, are a few screwdrivers short of a tool set.
They should both be deported.
But I hate that this ends up reflecting on President Obama. He hasn’t seen these people since before his father died, and even then, didn’t really know them well, and there is absolutely NO evidence to support that he hasn’t told the truth about. Even the relatives admit they don’t have any relationship with him or any contact with him.
He has gone out of his way to insist that whatever goes on with them has nothing to do with him, so it sucks that people will continue to associate them with him. And I don’t think they’re bending the rules – I think it only seems that way because this case is so public – but more often than not, deportation cases get dragged out, delayed, appealed, reappealed, etc, etc, and go on for YEARS. Plenty of them end up just slipping through the cracks and not even having to deal with the process – in that sense, she’s actually at a DISadvantage by being so high profile.
Post # 10
She was given political asylum in 2010. She entered the country legally and lived in a homeless shelter for two years before she was able to get access to public housing, all of which was done legally. Her first asylum case was denied in 2004 but she was legally represented as they continued to seek asylum. She has worked as a public health advocate on behalf of the Boston Housing Authority and she currently volunteers as a mentor for children in the housing projects in which she lives. She lives here legally and is disabled.
This really isn’t an issue anymore, as her asylum was granted. I live in a neighborhood that is probably 50% African asylum-seekers because there is simply so much political turmoil and instability there.
Post # 12
FWIW – Her first interview was AFTER her political asylum was granted. Let’s not get into a debate about whether she should leave or stay. We have a legal process in place and it’s already happened. We’re two years beyond the point of having this debate.
Post # 13
Just to say that not ALL illegal immigrants suck resources from the country
Post # 15
@artichokey: Exactly. I was thinking this was settled years ago, not sure why it needs to be brought up again.
Post # 16
@misspeanut: Smear campaign? And people are angry at a crippled old lady? Who knows.