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UPDATE!! — Obama’s Kenyan Aunt: Illegal Immigrant!

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Zeituni Onyango is staying with relatives in Cleveland, after fleeing her Boston apartment where she had been living illegally for four years!

President-elect Barack Obama’s aunt intends to fight a deportation order and hopes to remain in the United States, her immigration lawyer said Friday.

The Associated Press found that Zeituni Onyango, 56, is staying with relatives in Cleveland after fleeing her public housing apartment in Boston. She had been living there five years.

Onyango, who is Obama’s father’s half-sister, was ordered to leave the country in 2004 by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya.

Cleveland attorney Margaret Wong told the AP on Friday she is exploring legal options and may file a motion to reopen Onyango’s case or file an appeal for her to stay on humanitarian grounds. She would not discuss Onyango’s reasons for seeking asylum in the United States.

“She will do whatever she can do to fight for the privilege to stay in America,” she said.


Barack Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living on welfare in  a run-down public housing project 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 enforcment official.

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.

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.

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.

One of the sources acknowledged he was not a supporter of Obama or John McCain and said he has no plans to vote on Tuesday. He said that was not a motive for releasing the information.

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.

She even made an illegal campaign contribution to the Obama campaign of $260.00. Only American citizens are allowed under law to donate to presidential campaigns. The Obama campaign has not returned the money.

I wonder how long it will be before we are told Obama, of course, had no idea she had been ordered to leave the country, no idea she was in fact an illegal alien?  Any bets on his knowing she was subsisting on welfare, in a dilapidated public housing project as well?  For a man who has spent countless hours telling America how important family values are to him, Christian values, this is indeed strange, isn’t it?

No, not really.  We already knew Barack Obama is an arrogant, narcissistic empty suit, a snobbish liar who will do anything to win.


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  1. Why am I not surprised at yet another example of Obama arrogance? I mean, will they expect us to believe Barack Obama didn’t know and condone his own dear aunt’s breaking of the law? Shouldn’t a would-be President, a sitting United States Senator be expected to obey the law?


    Friday, October 31, 2008 at 11:34:16 PM

  2. How can any American in his/her right mind vote for Barack Obama when behind our backs he is allowing such a thing to happen? And him with all his money could have at least gave her some help along with sending her back to Kenya! If Obama wins we just as well open our borders to anyone and all even the terrorist will be crossing into America! Americans better wake up before its to late!


    Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 12:14:10 AM

  3. At the very least, as I said above, ANY elected official should be expected not to condone a fraud upon the government.

    The empty suit that is Obama, makes a lie of all the things he has said about family, etc. He’s a millionaire who has allowed his aunt to live in poverty, illegally. She donated to his campaign, and that is a clear violation of the law, because she is not a citizen.

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    Saturday, November 1, 2008 at 12:26:31 AM

  4. […] I predicted in an earlier post, the Obama campaign said in a written statement: Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but […]

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