America Needs an Immigration Policy that is “Conducive to the Public Good”

On April 12, 2009, The New York Times reported about the failed attempt by President Obama’s Kenyan younger half-brother, Samson Obama, to obtain a visa to enter the United Kingdom.  Responding to the denial of Obama’s visa request, a British immigration official said: “We will oppose the entry of individuals to the U.K. where we believe their presence is not conducive to the public good.” 

Last November, Samson Obama was accused in the attempted sexual assault of a teenage girl.  (Mirror U.K., April 11, 2009).  At the time of the incident, the younger Obama provided British police with a false name and was fingerprinted but not charged.  Obama, who had been living in Britain for seven years in violation of the country’s immigration laws, later left the U.K.

In January 2009, Samson Obama applied for a visa to re-enter the U.K. to visit his mother, with whom he had lived while illegally in the country.  As part of that visa application, Obama was fingerprinted and a routine background check matched his biometric identifiers to the man accused in the November assault incident.  Mr. Obama submitted documents in support of his visa application and documents intended to demonstrate that he had not previously violated the U.K.’s immigration laws.  According to press reports, Kenyan authorities confirmed those documents were forged.  A British Borders Agency source said: “The fact is that when [Obama] was accused he gave another man’s identity to avoid being detected as an illegal immigrant.”  As a result, the source said: “When he applied for a visa to visit his mother again we had little choice but to deny him entry.”

Samson is not President Obama’s only relative who is an immigration law breaker.  President Obama’s aunt, Zeituni Onyango, like her nephew Sampson, is a Kenyan national.  She is also the half-sister of the President’s father.  Onyango had been living in the U.S. illegally since she was ordered deported in 2004.  She has been fighting her deportation for years and last month was given yet another chance to make her case for asylum at a hearing scheduled for February 4, 2010 before Immigration Judge Leonard Shapiro. 

While the U.K. had the good sense to deny Samson Obama a visa, apparently the U.S. did not.  Samson Obama was allowed to attend his half-brother’s inauguration in January (U.K. immigration officials permitted Samson to travel through London’s Heathrow Airport on his way to Washington).  Since Kenya is not a visa waiver country, Samson Obama should have obtained a visa to gain entry into the U.S.

So let’s review.  The U.S. apparently provided a visa to someone:

(1)    Whose presence, the U.K. determined, wouldn’t be “conducive to the public good”;

(2)    Who has a history of violating immigration laws, having lived illegally in the U.K. for 7 years;

(3)    Who, as an illegal alien, was arrested for sexually assaulting a teenage girl;

(4)    Who provided a false identification when questioned in connection with the assault;

(5)    Who lied on his U.K. visa application; and

(6)    Who presented false documents to British officials in connection with a visa application.


This case should serve as a reminder to every American that our country has a right and duty to control its borders and that Americans should accept only those immigration policies, like the U.K.’s, that are “conducive to the public good.”   America needs an immigration policy that serves the national interest and the best interests of our citizens.  We need not accept unsecured borders or policies that will further encourage illegal immigration.  Sadly, that point seems lost on our “leaders” in Washington.

(An aside: according to one media report on Samson’s visa denial, Barack’s 1995 book, Dreams from My Father, included reference to the first time Obama and Samson met in 1987.  Barack wrote that Samson expressed disappointment that the portable tape recorder Barack gave him as a gift was not a Sony.  Apparently, regardless of whether a gift is a tape recorder, an iPod, or an unusable DVD collection, Barack has a history of crummy gift giving; a history that has not improved in the past 22 years.)