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Zeituni (In Pub Hsing) Fights Deportation

From a heart-broken Boston Globe:

Back in Boston, Obama’s aunt fighting deportation

By Maria Sacchetti, Globe Staff  |  March 24, 2009

President Barack Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan immigrant who ignited controversy last year for living in the United States illegally, has returned to her quiet apartment in a Boston public housing project to prepare for an April 1 deportation hearing that will be closed to the public.

Zeituni Onyango, a tall, frail-looking woman in her late 50s who walks with a cane, had fled Boston to stay with relatives in Cleveland last fall after media attention erupted over her case. She was spotted at Obama’s inaugural festivities in January and, according to neighbors, returned to Boston a few weeks ago for her third attempt to fight removal from the United States. She had been living in the country illegally since she was ordered deported in 2004.

Now the woman Obama called "Auntie Zeituni" and described as a kindly woman who kissed him on both cheeks and guided him during his trip to Kenya 20 years ago, is in a national spotlight, where her case is seen as a test of the Obama administration’s commitment to enforcing immigration laws. Critics, outraged that she is living in taxpayer-funded public housing while thousands of citizens and legal immigrants are on waiting lists, are scrutinizing the case for political favoritism. Others caution that she may have legitimate grounds to stay in the United States

Onyango’s fate will play out behind closed doors before Judge Leonard Shapiro in Boston. Onyango’s lawyer, Margaret Wong of Ohio, successfully argued to reopen her case in December and have the proceedings closed to the public, according to the Executive Office for Immigration Review, which oversees immigration courts…

Wong has not responded to repeated requests for comment. But her spokesman told the Cleveland Plain Dealer in January that Onyango would present new evidence to back an asylum claim. Onyango has lost several attempts to fight deportation, said immigration court spokeswoman Elaine Komis.

In 2003, a judge ordered her to leave the country, and she lost on appeal. She tried again, but an immigration judge ordered her deported in October 2004. Komis would not confirm whether Onyango had sought asylum before now because, she said, asylum cases are confidential

She came to the United States in 2000 to find work and to seek a better life. Though she was ordered deported in 2004, she remained in the United States undetected until just before Election Day.

Aida Ramos, a neighbor, said Onyango is a humble, independent woman who suffers from back problems and is upset about the media attention over her case. She said Onyango quietly helps her neighbors, from counseling them on child-rearing to health issues.

"She’s a very nice lady who wants to live her life," said Ramos. "Because she’s Obama’s aunt she’s getting all this attention she didn’t even want."

Please note the loving language Ms. Saccharine Sacchetti uses to describe Ms. Onyango and the quotes with which she peppers her piece throughout.

Heck, she is even called “independent.”

And notice too how all of this is being conducted behind closed doors.

Why doesn’t she want any attention? Is it because she can’t keep her story straight?

For we are told she is (suddenly now) seeking asylum. And yet the article says she is here to seek a better life.

Ms. Onyango should pick a story and stick to it.

Though, we realize now that is not the Obama way.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 26th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Zeituni (In Pub Hsing) Fights Deportation”

  1. Rusty Shackleford says:

    I would be glad to personally escort her out of the country.

    Of Course, I cannot, for one minute actually THINK this will ever happen. The ridiculous hearing will have only one obvious outcome and thus….will not be able to be refuted for…it will all have been done “legally”.

    However, a couple of things… I would like to see where the money is funneled from and from whom…and to where and whom it goes. The world will never know….but….betcha some Bostonian blue-blooded negro will be down to the BMW store pretty soon. And then some.

  2. caligirl9 says:

    I thought anything or anyone with the surname “Obama” or somehow related to the Teleprompter of the United States (TM someone on this board much smarter than I am!) was golden on the entire African continent. So Auntie Illegal has no reason for asylum except for her desire to stay on United States public assistance.

    If TOTUS had testes, he’d be helping auntie pack.

  3. proreason says:

    Auntie is a lock for a life in the U.S, and hey, at her income level, things are about to get much better, donchaknow.

    The Moron can’t intervene, seeing as he is so law-abiding or whatever, so Stretch will have to reach out one of her loving claws to ensure that justice is served.

  4. curvyred says:

    How is one “independent” while they:

    a) live in public housing on other people’s dime

    b) exist here illegally

    • catie says:

      Yeah, when you are on the dole in public housing and probably get other forms of welfare as well but you know she’s so busy helping her neighbors with child rearing and counseling, all this while having a bad back. Boy, we should just elevate her to sainthood right now. We’re fortunate to have such a fantastic illegal alien in our midst. Ridiculous!

  5. Liberals Demise says:

    I don’t know why we don’t buy her a home with a satellite dish and a 2 car garage. This way she can invite the whole “TREE” family in for better digs and some comfy TV watching on the taxpayer dole!!
    Can’t get Good Times in a tree in Africa, ya know!

  6. Gila Monster says:

    She was spotted at Obama’s inaugural festivities in January and, according to neighbors, returned to Boston a few weeks ago for her third attempt to fight removal from the United States.

    So where has “Auntie” been for the last two months?
    Does she have a job that she can take that much time off from?
    Inquiring minds want to know, heh.

    I also wonder how she manages to pay all her legal fees for all this annoying deportation stuff.
    Judging from her website, Ms. Wong doesn’t work for mere shekels.

    OK, yeah I know, rhetorical questions all.

  7. TwilightZoned says:

    Well, I guess it could be argued if 12 million illegals from south of the border can stay so can Auntie Illegal. Personally, I say ship all 12,000,001 back from whence they came. This appears to be a catch 22 for O. If she stays, he’s setting a bad example and adds another impropriety to the ever growing list. If she’s deported, he looks like the loser he really is.

  8. canary says:

    So, what poor American citizen got booted out of the public housings that always have waiting lists. Why not a jail cell.
    Why doesn’t Obama let her stay at the White House, and let someone else have her public housing apartment. She’d be a hero in her own country. His other relatives are happy. Who paid her ticket over here.

  9. TwilightZoned says:

    “Onyango’s fate will play out behind closed doors before Judge Leonard Shapiro in Boston.”

    Another transparent moment…The question remains will O assign someone to strong-arm the judge or will he be content for Rahm to leave a dead fish on Shapiro’s doorstep?

  10. imnewatthis says:

    She came here to find work? Doesn’t seem to be working too hard. Most Americans are still working hard at that age, bad back or no, and paying for their own housing.

  11. BigOil says:

    In violation of a court order for over four years – yet is granted another hearing. As legal taxpaying citizens, violating a court order for four years would likely get us thrown under the jail.

    Really warms my heart just two weeks ahead of cutting the government another check.

  12. canary says:

    Aside wondering who paid her ticket over here, since Obama has lied playing the poor life, maybe she was his daughter’s nanny. He should pay the ticket to send her back. Take his daughters on vacation, so maybe they can figure out what the title of his book might mean, and why he lied so much.

  13. canary says:

    Evidence that it’s safe for Obama’s auntie to return to Kenyan

  14. Squito says:

    “Zeituni Onyango, a tall, frail-looking woman in her late 50s who walks with a cane”

    “humble, independent woman”

    Gimme a break. My grandfather, about the same age, works two jobs and has never asked for a dime from the government, no matter how tough times got. That’s an INDEPENDENT person. This woman’s a joke.

    “Others caution that she may have legitimate grounds to stay in the United States”

    (snort) HAHAHA. Okay, that single line beats all the purple prose combined on my bullsh** meter. Does she have a “right” to citizenship like how ACORN says people have a “right” to free housing?

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