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Obama’s Aunt Is Still Breaking US Laws

From those champions of equal protection under the law at the Associated Press:

Obama’s Aunt to Fight Deportation

Zeituni 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.

Saturday, November 08, 2008

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.

Obama’s campaign said previously he did not know about his aunt’s status but believes she should obey the law. The campaign said it was returning $260 that Onyango had contributed in small increments to Obama’s presidential bid over several months.

“President-elect Obama does not know the details of Ms. Onyango’s legal situation, but as stated previously, he expects that all outstanding issues would be resolved through the appropriate legal process,” Obama spokesman Ben LaBolt said Friday.

Wong, a prominent immigration attorney and frequent political contributor to candidates of both parties, said Onyango believes someone leaked information about her immigration status to try to hurt Obama’s candidacy.

“She’s upset that people could just hurt her like that … use her to try to hurt Barack,” Wong said.

“She had never asked Barack for help. She just doesn’t want to hurt him,” she said.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it is investigating whether any laws or rules were broken in the disclosure that Obama’s aunt was living in the United States illegally

Wong said she was contacted recently by Onyango’s cousin — a clergyman in Cleveland whom Wong would not identify — and asked to represent her. She said Onyango fled Boston after the story broke last week and took a train to Cleveland to stay with her cousin.

The publicity around Obama’s aunt’s case could convince an immigration judge to rethink her asylum request, said Victor Cerda, the former director of Detention and Removal Operations at Immigration and Customs Enforcement. She and her lawyers could argue her risk of harm in Kenya is even greater than before, because of the international attention brought to her case.

Onyango has been sickly since her immigration status became public, and Wong said she would not immediately make her available to speak to a reporter…

As we were among the first to note, Ms. Onyango was ordered to be deported the moment her asylum application was rejected.

That is simply the law. There is no appeal procedure. So why is she still in this country on the public dole four years later?

Indeed, Ms. Onyango recently underwent extensive back surgery on the taxpayer’s dime. (A detail seldom mentioned by our one party watchdog media.)

Ever since this first of his surely numerous illegal alien relatives came to life Mr. Obama’s mantra has been that he wants his aunt to follow the law.

So why isn’t she?

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, November 9th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

33 Responses to “Obama’s Aunt Is Still Breaking US Laws”

  1. xuxa says:

    WTF !! I just had back surgery and even my insurance did not pay all my surgery bills. And I work, pay taxes, spend a fortune on insurance. Maybe I need to send the bill to the government just like Ms. Onyango . BO=BS

  2. Liberals Demise says:

    STILL? Obammy will change that in January…..until then she can hide out in full view of ICE as the C-R-I-M-I-N-A-L she is!!

  3. curvyred says:

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

    Wow did a liberal actually just say it is a privilege to live in America????????????????????? I am flabbergasted!

    “Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said it is investigating whether any laws or rules were broken in the disclosure that Obama’s aunt was living in the United States illegally… ”

    No dimwits you should be investigating the Boston Housing Authority and your own agency for falling down on the job again.

    Send her home she would be welcomed with open arms they are celebrating in Kenya because of Barry’s win.

  4. wardmama4 says:

    -‘Onyango has been sickly since her immigration status became public’- hysterically on point – she has been sickly since it became known that she is illegally in the US and has violated Deportation orders for 4 years (ie. a recidivist criminal illegal alien). . .Since we know from his track record that B. Hussein Obama does not do for the least of his family – can we expect Ms Onyango to be deported soonest? We should be so lucky.

  5. Steve says:

    Buried at the bottom of an earlier report, that was mostly bent on claiming that this was an October surprise from the McCain camp:

    Onyango lives in an apartment that is handicapped accessible and volunteered as a resident health advocate for the Boston Housing Authority before stopping recently because of back surgery that required physical therapy, said William McGonagle, the authority’s deputy director.

    http://tinyurl.com/6m4ty5

    So she got back surgery and is now getting so much physical therapy she doesn’t have time to be the “resident health advocate” for the public housing shakedown artists.

    What a beautiful thing.

  6. Steve says:

    “She and her lawyers could argue her risk of harm in Kenya is even greater than before, because of the international attention brought to her case.”

    Er, never mind that the new Prime Minister of Kenya is a relative.

  7. JohnMG says:

    Under what pretext did she seek asylum in this country, and why was it denied? Obviously if the case was reviewed and the application was denied, no cause was found and the deportation order was issued.

    Pretty thin gruel, I’d say. Not only will she not be sent home, she may just end up as some staffer to a cabinet member. Of course her back injury will preclude her doing any “heavy lifting”, and this is probably the last we’ll hear of her. She’ll just ride off into the sunset.

  8. Liberals Demise says:

    @ SG
    Bought and payed for by the Office of the Prezident Elect!!

  9. DEZ says:

    “She would not discuss Onyango’s reasons for seeking asylum in the United States.”

    I think the reasons are self evident, free housing, free food, free medical care and now a free lawyer to make sure she stays a burden on the American tax payers.

  10. JohnMG says:

    DEZ; …..”the reasons are self evident, free housing, free food, free medical care and now a free lawyer……”

    And now an INCREASE in her “earned income tax credit”.

    You know, with her background in medicine (volunteer resident health advocate) she’d make an ideal nominee for Surgeon General. (Do I need to do the ‘sarc.’ thing?)

  11. JohnMG says:

    And what’s her lawyers name again–Wong? As in Sum Ting Wong?

  12. JorgiPeech says:

    And why is it we don’t have the lowdown from AP on who the cousin clergyman is (despite the lawyer not divulging it)? What, Helen Jones-Kelley hadn’t bothered to put out a whole dossier on the clergyman relative and the auntie before she was put on PAID leave?

    Do we know if the clergyman/cousin is legit? Do we know if the clergyman/cousin has paid all his/her taxes? Do we know all the details of any domestic grievances on file surrounding the life of said clergyman/cousin? Do we know if this clergyman/cousin is living in the US legally? Do we know if this clergyman/cousin is defrauding the US gov’t’s housing/medicare/legal aid/ welfare systems? Do we know if this clergyman/cousin is in fact related to any Ohio gov’t official?

    So many questions. And all investigated so thoroughly by both AP and the OHIO Department of Jobs and Family Services. How ironic that auntie should seek shelter in a state with such an “out-and-out” transparency-for-all, transparency-on-all system?

    Shouldn’t the Dems be calling on the department’s current replacement for Jones-Kelley to do “research” into their latest “famous person”? Is there no well-meaning Dem in the department ready and willing to do the right thing to make sure the US electorate is fully informed on every “famous person” that hits the headlines?

    Anyone checked Daily Kos for an home address on the clergyman/cousin?

    Not only should the aunt be deported, she should be indicted for defrauding the US gov’t for the cost of housing, medical care, legal aid, and likely welfare subsidies, and sued for reparations to the US taxpayer on all counts!

    Oh and she should be required to do as many years of “community service” for the US as the US has already served for her.

    See how she likes it.

  13. B17Engr says:

    Why is she still in the USA??
    Where are the government agents that supposed to do their job??
    There is no justice left for the average person.
    This woman has stolen money by being here illegally.
    Massachusetts tax payers are screwed by this State.

    Get her out of the country!

  14. curvyred says:

    B17Engr,

    Just judging by what the article indicated, it sounds like they are more worried about how the information got out, then deporting Barry’s illegal auntie.

  15. sheehanjihad says:

    If I was the attorney of an illegal who was facing deportation, I would immediately cite the precedent being set by our government by allowing this woman to flaunt the law openly. If our own government will protect certain illegals, then why cant they protect all of them? Oh, yeah, they already do. My bad.

  16. Diane says:

    But, I thought America was fundamentally a mean country. Why would someone deliberately violate the law and then fight to stay in a fundamentally mean country? ‘Tis a puzzlement.

  17. JohnMG says:

    I’ll bet if her name was “Zeituni-the-Plumber” her background would have been thoroughly researched.

  18. DW says:

    John, that’s just a pipe dream.
    (sorry -grin)

  19. Professor_Repulso says:

    Good one, DW! Say, since our rights to own firearms in this country are about to be rescinded, how would you like to contribute (ideas, that is) to my latest project.? A shoulder or hand fired projectile launcher – technically not a firearm – that uses magnetic energy. I am confident that a quick fortune could be amassed before we are charged with ‘infernal machine making’.

  20. JohnMG says:

    Aww, shucks. I’m sorry I didn’t realize that.

    But then, I’m not thinking clearly after being “hosed” like that. Now with the ‘drip’ we have for a president-elect, I suppose all of auntie’s transgressions will be ‘flushed’ from the public consciousness in an effort to ‘drain’ away any residual animosities when such mal-contents ‘pop off’ while ‘venting’ their anger publicly. No effort will be spared in an attempt to ‘augur’ for fairness. The masses will be ‘galvanized’ to action. ;-}

  21. DW says:

    You got me John – I’m all tapped out.

    Prof: That’s wayyyy out of my league. Best I can suggest is a good old fashioned shovel.
    Buy a firearm (or 2 or 12) while you can still do so without the transaction being recorded. Buy appropriate ammunition for it/them (before that can be recorded -as an aside, criminals north of the border look at the ammo registry books to see who’s buying pistol-calibre ammo…then they know whose house to B&E).
    Employ said shovel and bury a/m purchases (suitably wrapped) until such time as they are (God forbid) needed.

  22. JohnMG says:

    In Canada, Professor, (I have it on good authority, ahem,) even air rifles and pistols propelling any projectile over 500 fps is considered a firearm. I’m sure our newest “leader” will be looking at all options.

    And I’m just curious. Were you planning on using your own ‘personal magnetism’ as the motive force of your new invention? ;-}

  23. DW says:

    In Canada, Professor, (I have it on good authority, ahem,) even air rifles and pistols propelling any projectile over 500 fps is considered a firearm.

    That includes so-called potato guns (adding a whole new meaning to the term “fast food”).
    Oddly enough, you can buy any flintlock without showing your Possession and Acquisition Licence – or registering it.

  24. Professor_Repulso says:

    A corker, JohnMG! DW – probably not that difficult, though the power generation unit might need to be the size of a backpack. Preliminary thoughts on the ammo would be something similar to the APFSDS rounds fired by modern tanks. Ours would be tungsten cored titanium encased in some sort of magnetically chargeable sabot. I think we could achieve muzzle velocity in excess of one mile per second. Useful for dealing with miscreants at long range or in vehicles.

  25. sheehanjihad says:

    There exists such a weapon now….one mondo creature called Metal Storm, and a hand held that uses stacked projectiles fired with electromagnetic pulses. Uh, it’s considered a “firearm”. And under our fearless leader, pencils and cucumbers will have to be registered as firearms too. Damn good thing conservatives think ahead…..did I tell you guys I sold every one of my guns to a metal recycler? Traded all of my ammunition for a solar powered bicycle too. I did! Now I only have to go to work on sunny days!

    Professor….go with depleted uranium for your core, titanium doesnt weigh enough for the kinetic energy penetration quotient you are seeking for a higher lethality ratio.

  26. JohnMG says:

    I knew I was out-classed–but I just couldn’t resist.

    The dog ate mine, sj.

    DW; What kind of sentence would a Canuck get if he just whacked the perp with the shovel, and saved himself the cost of the ammunition? And what if the potatoe gun only fired “french fries”?

  27. DW says:

    John, that sort of thing is really up in the air up here right now. On the one hand, we have the usual deeply embedded leftists who think self-defense equals heresy. On the other hand we have a thoroughly pissed-off public who are increasingly taking matters into their own hands -because the powers that be are flat out refusing to do anything about the rising rates of violent crime.

    Oddly enough, we had the potato-gun/french fries discussion at work the other day (I really love Manitoba). We finally determined that french fries would be considered a canister round.

  28. Professor_Repulso says:

    SJ, you’re a bad man.

    Assent — and you are sane–
    Demur–you’re straightaway dangerous
    And handled with a Chain.

    Emily Dickinson

  29. JohnMG says:

    Canister round, huh? No place to run–no pace to hide. What about au gratin?

    sj; I guess I should have gone solar, too. Instead, I opted for hydro-power for my bicycle, and there are some severe limitations. Aside from evaporation during summer, and sluggish performance during freezing weather, it is a short-range proposition. The cost and weight of the hose for long distance travel are both prohibitive.

    You didn’t mention the size of your battery, however.

  30. DW says:

    What about au gratin?

    Survivable at least (you’d probably wind up being sent to a “mash” unit).
    OK, enough. I’ve gotta go to bed -early morning start for me here.
    Have a good night all.
    Tomorrow’s another day.

  31. JohnMG says:

    G’ night. The banter helps keep me sane(?)–at least what passes for it. ;-}

  32. sheehanjihad says:

    I have a solar panel the size of a piece of sheet rock strapped to the back fender. It does great on the open road, but our bike paths are about four feet too narrow. I do however, clear quite a path when I ride, probably because it was secured with eco friendly razor wire.

  33. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps says:

    “Oddly enough, we had the potato-gun/french fries discussion at work the other day (I really love Manitoba). We finally determined that french fries would be considered a canister round.”

    I built a potato gun a while back that worked really well. Unfortunately, I decided to go with “Freedom Fries” as the preferred round and now I can’t get ammo for it anymore!


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