I read somewhere that all Obama had to do was file a Form I-130 for his aunt. Unfortunately, this isn't accurate.
The U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services has a process to get legal status for family members of citizens.
Here's the overview:
A lawful permanent resident is a foreign national who has been granted the privilege of permanently living and working in the United States. If you want to become a lawful permanent resident based on the fact that you have a relative who is a citizen of the United States, or a relative who is a lawful permanent resident, you must go through a multi-step process.The problem is that the consanguinity is tight:
- Husband or wife
- Unmarried child under 21 years of age
- Unmarried son or daughter over 21
- Married son or daughter of any age
- Brother or sister, if the sponsor is at least 21 years old, or
- Parent, if the sponsor is at least 21 years old.
I suggest, however, that the larger problem is this language: "If the sponsor is a U.S. Citizen ..." and "If the sponsor is a lawful permanent resident ..."
Seems Obama would have to prove his own status before he could petition for a change in someone else's status.