Obama's Aunt Illegal Immigrant

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by ucf_student, Nov 1, 2008.

  1. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27481680/

    WASHINGTON - Barack Obama's aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

    Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as "Aunti Zeituni" in Obama's memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango's case.

    Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government, but the AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in its release.

    Onyango's refusal to leave the country would represent an administrative, non-criminal violation of U.S. immigration law, meaning such cases are handled outside the criminal court system. Estimates vary, but many experts believe there are more than 10 million such immigrants in the United States.

    The AP could not reach Onyango immediately for comment. No one answered the telephone number listed in her name late Friday. It was unclear why her request for asylum was rejected in 2004.

    Onyango is not a relative whom Obama has discussed in campaign appearances and, unlike Obama's father and grandmother, is not someone who has been part of the public discussion about his personal life.

    A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Kelly Nantel, said the government does not comment on an individual's citizenship status or immigration case.

    Directive may reflect political sensitivity
    Onyango's case — coming to light just days before the presidential election — led to an unusual nationwide directive within Immigrations and Customs Enforcement requiring any deportations prior to Tuesday's election to be approved at least at the level of ICE regional directors, the U.S. law enforcement official told the AP.

    The unusual directive suggests that the Bush administration is sensitive to the political implications of Onyango's case coming to light so close to the election.

    Kenya is in eastern Africa between Somalia and Tanzania. The country has been fractured in violence in recent years, including a period of two months of bloodshed after December 2007 that killed 1,500 people.

    The disclosure about Onyango came just one day after Obama's presidential campaign confirmed to the Times of London that Onyango, who has lived quietly in public housing in South Boston for five years, was Obama's half aunt on his father's side.

    It was not immediately clear how Onyango might have qualified for public housing with a standing deportation order.
  2. You can bet your bippy that Obama has something to do with it.
  3. Obama is not close with his fathers side of the family.No relationship with them at all really.
  4. Lucrum


    I'm guessing typical bureaucratic
    incompetence and bungling. One more reason for less not more government.

    Or is it possible that the Obamanation misused his position in the Senate?

    Nah, he's the perfect individual/candidate.

    He would never do that.
  5. Gord


    I read a blog that made a good case that the reason is that Obama's real biological father is Frank Marshall Davis, a known communist and child molester, and the teenage Obama's mentor.
  6. Obama's white grandmother who raised him is comfortably taken care of in Hawaii

    Obamas African grandmother who he has no relationship with lives in a hut in Africa.If Obama wont spend a few dollars to get Grandma Obama out of a hut why would he risk his political future by helping his African aunt live illegally in the US in the ghetto
  7. Like Mccain did with Charles Keating or when the DEA was about to arrest his wife for stealing narcotics ?