Thread: Obama's aunt an illegal alien
#1 Obama's aunt an illegal alienSonnabendGuest11-01-2008, 07:44 AM
One small problem for Obama: Aunt Zeituni's an alien
November 1, 2008 - 3:01PM
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 US immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorised to discuss her case. Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official.
Put aunt in seat.
Fly her to Kenya.
Watch them leave her on the tarmac
But it could not be established 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 US immigration law, meaning such cases are handled outside the criminal court system
So? Deport her. Put her ass on a plane and fly her back to Kenya.
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 today.It was unclear why her request for asylum was rejected in 2004.
Who cares? She should have been thrown out the same day.
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.
And I am supposed to care...why?
A spokeswoman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), 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 ICE requiring any deportations prior to Tuesday's election to be approved at the level of the organisation's regional directors, the US law enforcement official told the AP.
The unusual directive suggests the Bush administration is sensitive to the political implications of Onyango's case surfacing so close to the election. Kenya, which is East Africa's leading economy, has been fractured in violence in recent years, including a period of two months of bloodshed in the aftermath of the 2007 elections, that left 1,500 people dead.
The disclosure about Onyango came just a 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.
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