The federal immigration court in Boston has allowed Aunt Zeituni Onyango to stay in the country at least until February 4, 2010, which is the date of her next hearing.
This postponement is a convenient, if temporary, victory for both President Obama and his aunt. Obama risked looking heartless if he allowed his aunt to be deported, and he risked looking soft on immigration enforcement if the courts legalized her.
The danger for Obama is that the ongoing Aunt Zeituni saga illustrates how easily illegal immigrants can postpone deportation through our beleaguered immigration courts. But I suspect the Republicans will never point that out because they don't want to risk being called racist.