As the debate rages about illegal immigration, the suspicion that a well-connected immigrant may get special treatment dogs the president.
President Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, has been living in Boston public housing for years despite being turned down for asylum twice during the decade she’s been in the U.S. illegally.
We are now learning that the immigration judge who finally gave her asylum earlier this year did so because of what he called the reckless release of information about her by an anonymous Bush administration official.
The judge, a republican appointee, says that violated Onyango’s privacy and made her a target in her homeland of Kenya.
So, she gets to stay to get a green card and a Boston public housing apartment.
The White House insists the president had nothing to do with any of it.
Onyango is the half-sister of Obama’s late father who died in a car crash in 1982.
The president met Onyango during a trip to Kenya in 1988 and included her in his 1995 memoir, “Dreams from My Father.’’