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Obama Aunt In US (On Welfare) Illegally

Just as we had suspected.

From a sympathetic Associated Press:

AP: Obama aunt from Kenya living in US illegally

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and ELLIOT SPAGAT

WASHINGTON (AP) — 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 enforcment 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.

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

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.

What did Obama know and when did he know it?

Oh, wait, the Associated Press isn’t interest in such mundane matters. They have bigger fish to fry:

[T]he AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in [the release of this information]…

Yes, that is certainly the most important thing here.

Also note that the AP didn’t mention that Obama’s aunt is perforce also receiving public assistance illegally.

And speaking of the AP, as the article does, wasn’t it considerate of them to wait for early Saturday morning to release this information?

It’s almost as if they don’t want anyone to know.

This article was posted by Steve on Saturday, November 1st, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

16 Responses to “Obama Aunt In US (On Welfare) Illegally”

  1. wardmama4 says:

    AP: Obama aunt from Kenya living in US illegally

    Nov 1 12:08 AM US/Eastern
    By EILEEN SULLIVAN and ELLIOT SPAGAT
    Associated Press Writers

    WASHINGTON (AP) – 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.

    http://tinyurl.com/6b5jkw

    Big surprize. . .NOT
    And here B.H. Obama is not giving her a helping hand – ‘I am my brother’s keeper,’ ‘When you do for the least of these’ (‘don’t give me that do goody good bullshit’) – not providing her with an immigration lawyer – not ‘spreading the wealth’ or ‘want to make sure that everybody who is behind you, that they’ve got a chance for success too’ socialist is once again a – Do As I Say, Not As I Do Typical Liberal Person.

    You first Obama – maybe if you lead by example – I would listen. Since you have ‘gotten your own stack’ (‘I’m all right Jack keep your hands off my stack.’) yet you want to make sure that everyone not you ‘pays even more to spread the wealth around’ (‘Share it fairly but don’t take a slice of my pie’) and you expect all of us hard working Americans to buy into this crappola – what about Welfare, WIC, Medicaid, Medicare, and all the other entitlement programs (Free School lunch for example) that are already in place to supposedly ‘spread the wealth around’ – are they failing or do you just want more of the money of hard working Americans (‘But if you ask for a rise it’s no surprise that they’re giving none away’).

    As I said – You first Obama – you and your VP don’t even give very much to charity, so why should I voluntarily vote for someone who is going to forcibly take away more of my ‘stack’?

    I’m not Stuck On Stupid.

  2. 1sttofight says:

    WM4,
    Apparently The Ones aunt does not need any help since she has contributed $260 to the Obama campaign while living in gov housing and hiding out from the deportation cops.
    In an interview she told a reporter that she could not comment until Nov. 5th.

  3. wardmama4 says:

    Yes, First and now we know exactly why The One ™ did not want 85% of his donation list published – so everyone could see all the donations from illegals foreigners, and possible multiple donations that would exceed the ‘undisclosed’ limits.

    BTW, why does someone who lives in a slum – illegally (Thanks ICE for not bothering to actually carry out the Deportation request) – have any extra money to donate to a candidate? I thought that these were the very people who The One ™ wants to ‘spread the wealth’ to?!? And does it not follow that people who have extra money to donate – don’t need any extra ‘wealth’?

  4. LastconservativeinMA says:

    I was shocked to see this story in this morning’s Boston Globe (from the AP no less), which of course glorifies BHO. What didn’t shock me was that the article was buried in section B on page 4. Here in the People’s Republic of MA I was sure that anything anti-Obama was prohibited by law!

  5. artboyusa says:

    It will be, Lastcon, it will be…

  6. curvyred says:

    Obama in typical “She was not the illegal immigrant that I knew fashion”:

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081101/ap_on_el_pr/obama_aunt

    CHICAGO – Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said Saturday he didn’t know his aunt was living in the United States illegally and believes that laws covering the situation should be followed.

  7. 1sttofight says:

    The One just can’t help lying, It is in his DNA.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    Just as I suspected….they have gone and created another class of hyphenated Americans. You have Irish – Americans, Afro – Americans, Italian – Americans and now,,,,,,,ILLEGAL – AMERICANS!! A whole new class that will need to be sucked up to and heap money on. As if we don’t already!! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!!!

  9. Steve says:

    Of course it would be illegal for any government computers to be used to check up on “Aunt Zeituni.”

    But “Joe The Plumber” is fair game.

  10. thetimeisright says:

    SG you hit the nail right one the head. It just shows excatly where Obama is taking the country. He want us in the ghetto..

  11. Eagle334th says:

    I’m just curious what she was seeking asylum from 4 (to, what? How many years has she been here?) years ago. Granted, there has been ongoing violence in Kenya, but hasn’t she been here for a while? Why did she pick 4 years ago? I’ll admit, I have no idea how long it takes for cases like this to come before a court. It just seems, from reading the excerpts from his books (on S&L) that she’s been here quite a long time..

    And, yet, he spoke so lovingly about her in his book.. ready to take on the world for her, and all of her ails. Too bad the McCain camp is too farking stupid to jump on *&^% like this. <_<

  12. Eagle334th says:

    SG

    November 1st, 2008 at 1:22 pm
    Of course it would be illegal for any government computers to be used to check up on “Aunt Zeituni.”

    But “Joe The Plumber” is fair game.

    SG, I have to wonder, though, as I did when I first saw the article on AOL’s frontpage.. if your coverage of her didn’t have something to do with it. ;) Someone saw something about her online and did some checking. Joe was never suspected of being a FELON. Aunt Zeituni is.

    She may be a lovely lady, but she is an illegal. We cannot feel sorry for everyone.

  13. brad says:

    Another shining success story about immigrants, and illegal immigrants. Instead of coming here to contribute your skills to society and take advantage of all America has to offer (as opposed to Kenya), she doesn’t mind just slowly dying on welfare. Just to sit in public housing, suckling off of American taxpayer money, insulting our laws, and just waiting to die—-lady, go wait to die in your own country!

  14. Steve says:

    For the record, even if Aunt Zeituni had been granted asylum (and it is kind of rare not to be), she would not have been eligible to received public assistance.

    You have to apply for permanent residence (a green card) to get that, and that can take a few years.

    Moreover, when she was denied asylum the judge almost certainly ordered her deportation. (That is standard procedure.)

    So she is probably in this county in defiance of a judge’s deportation order.

  15. Lipstick on a PIAPS says:

    Well don’t worry Aunt Zeituni, with Barak and the Democrats in office EVEN if you end up overseas Barak’s new welfare plan will foreward your checks to you and BILLIONS like you! Change we can believe in!!

  16. Lurkin_no_mo says:

    Yeah, with his “change” all we’ll have left is a wee bit of change in our pockets. Socialism at it’s “best” (worse).


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