They were banned up until recently. Having AIDS meant that you could not immigrate to the U.S. But as usual, the Bush Regime did not enforce that law, no more than the Clinton Regime did.
It appears that the hotel maid involved in the Dominique Strauss-Kahn affaire is an immigrant from Guinea who obtained political asylum. The woman, 32, a widowed immigrant from Guinea who was granted asylum seven years ago, has not been publicly identified by the authorities in New York and has made no public statements about what prosecutors say was an attack by Mr. Strauss-Kahn, 62, a Frenchman, as she prepared to clean his hotel room on Saturday...
The woman, whose name has been reported in the French news media, emigrated from Guinea with her daughter, leaving that country under what Mr. Shapiro said he understood were “difficult circumstances.” The lawyer said she sought and was granted asylum in the United States, although he said he was unsure of her immigration status.
And has AIDS.
Dominique Strauss-Kahn may have more to worry about than a possible prison sentence. The IMF chief's alleged sex-assault victim lives in a Bronx apartment rented exclusively for adults with HIV or AIDS, The Post has learned.
The hotel maid, a West African immigrant, has occupied the fourth-floor High Bridge pad with her 15-year-old daughter since January -- and before that, lived in another Bronx apartment set aside by Harlem Community AIDS United strictly for adults with the virus and their families.The Post has not been able to ascertain whether the maid, 32, has HIV/AIDS because of medical confidentiality laws.
But the agency rents apartments only for adults with the disease. A Harlem United worker said at least one adult in the household has to be HIV-positive or have AIDS to qualify for one of their units. A healthy adult with a child with HIV or AIDS is not eligible.
"The [current] apartment isn't rented under her name. Harlem [Community AIDS] United places their tenants in our building," explained an employee of the apartment building's property manager, Chaim Gross, of Brooklyn.
The maid had previously lived in another High Bridge apartment rented by Harlem United, a source said. She had moved there with her child in 2008.
According to the agency, it is not uncommon for people with HIV/AIDS to move around.Her lawyer, Jeffrey Shapiro, and a close family friend said the chambermaid is a widow who lives alone with her daughter. Public records list her as the only adult in the current apartment and the only adult having lived in her previous apartment.
Neighbors also say it was just her and the child in both places.
The Harlem United workers who talked to The Post were not specifically addressing the maid's living situation, only their agency's housing policies. Officials at Harlem United declined to comment because of confidentiality.
The woman has accused France's leading presidential contender of forcing her to perform oral sex on him twice and then trying to rape her as she tried to clean his Sofitel hotel room in Times Square on Saturday.
She told cops that after he sodomized her, she spit out his semen on the floor, a law-enforcement source said. Investigators are running DNA tests on the sample.
According to the federal Centers for Disease Control: "It is possible for either partner to become infected with HIV through performing or receiving oral sex."
Strauss-Kahn's lawyers declined comment last night.
It is highly likely that she got asylum because she has AIDS. Most likely she either entered by fraud or illegally, then used her medical condition to prevent her deportation. All, of course, illegal. Not only for those with AIDS to enter the U.S. because of the public health threat, but specifically prohibited by an Act of Congress. Not to mention that the asylum laws were not written with the intent that those with medical conditions were eligible based on their medical conditions. Just because you can't get treatment for AIDS in Guinea or else where, that is not a reason for political asylum. But the Clinton and Bush Regimes refused to enforce the law and let the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Federal courts impose AIDS based asylum with no resistance.