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Obama aunt from Kenya living in US illegally

 
 
Woiyo9
 
Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 07:02 am
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.

Kenya is in eastern Africa between Somalia and Tanzania. The country has been fractured in violence in recent years, including a period of two months of bloodshed after December 2007 that killed 1,500 people.

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.

http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D945TEE01&show_article=1
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BillRM
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 08:10 am
@Woiyo9,
Interesiting but having nothing to do with Obama one way or another even if it is true.

Given the right wingers history of making up things as they go along fact checking this would be wise.
Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 08:21 am
@Woiyo9,
Even if the story IS true, so what???? A person can't be held responsible for the actions of another.......................................unless he is a party to the actions!
Bi-Polar Bear
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 08:29 am
@Phoenix32890,
Woiyo's Great Grandparents scalped white soldiers...Woiyo not qualified to be President...
McTag
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 11:27 am
@Phoenix32890,

Great timing, though. One of the best dirty tricks so far.
CalamityJane
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 11:55 am
@Bi-Polar Bear,
Bi-Polar Bear wrote:

Woiyo's Great Grandparents scalped white soldiers...Woiyo not qualified to be President...

.....but that's only ONE minor reason. The others are more significant! Wink
Butrflynet
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 11:57 am
@McTag,
Oh, but Joe the Plumber's privacy has been violated by departments within the state he lives searching their files for info on him!



Denial of assylum means just that -- Denial. We don't know if she is seeking other immigration statuses, which are legal in this country. Denial of asylum can be appealed, she's probably pending an appeal. While she's waiting for an asylum hearing, she's legal, if she's pending an appeal, she's legal. Those hearings often take several years of waiting before they are heard.
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revel
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 12:33 pm
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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.
The Associated Press found that Obama's aunt had been instructed to leave the country four years ago by an immigration judge who rejected her request for asylum from her native Kenya. The woman, Zeituni Onyango (zay-TUHN on-YANG-oh), is living in public housing in Boston and is the half-sister of Obama's late father.

A statement given to the AP by Obama's campaign said, "Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed." Traveling with Obama in Nevada, campaign strategist David Axelrod declined to elaborate on the statement, but said: "I think people are suspicious about stories that surface in the last 72 hours of a national campaign."

The campaign said it was returning $260 that Onyango had contributed in small increments to Obama's presidential bid over several months. Federal election law prohibits foreigners from making political donations. Onyango listed her employer as the Boston Housing Authority and last gave $5 on Sept. 19.

Onyango, 56, is part of Obama's large paternal family, with many related to him by blood whom he never knew growing up.

Obama's father, Barack Obama Sr., left the future presidential nominee when the boy was 2, and they reunited only once " for a monthlong visit when Obama was 10. The elder Obama lived most of his life in Kenya, where he fathered seven other children with three other wives. He died in a car crash in 1982.

Obama was raised for the most part by his mother and her parents in Hawaii. He first met his father's side of the family when he traveled to Africa 20 years ago. He referred to Onyango as "Auntie Zeituni" when describing the trip in his memoir, saying she was "a proud woman."

Obama's campaign said he had seen her a few times since that meeting, beginning with a return trip to Kenya with his future wife, Michelle, in 1992. Onyango visited the family in Chicago on a tourist visa at Obama's invitation about nine years ago, the campaign said, stopping to visit friends on the East Coast before returning to Kenya.

She attended Obama's swearing-in to the U.S. Senate in 2004, but campaign officials said Obama provided no assistance in getting her a tourist visa and doesn't know the details of her stay. The campaign said he last heard from her about two years ago when she called saying she was in Boston, but he did not see her there.

Onyango's refusal to leave the country would represent an administrative, noncriminal violation of 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 U.S.

The AP could not immediately reach Onyango for comment. When a reporter went to her home Friday night, no one answered the door. A neighbor said she was often not home on weekends. Onyango did not immediately return telephone and written messages left at her home.

Onyango was instructed to leave the country by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango's case.

It was unclear why her request was rejected in 2004. A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Kelly Nantel, said the government does not comment on an individual's citizenship status or immigration case.

Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one a federal law enforcement 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 case " coming to light just days before the presidential election " led to an unusual nationwide directive within Immigrations and Customs Enforcement requiring that any deportations before Tuesday's election be approved at least at the level of the agency's regional directors, the U.S. law enforcement official told the AP.

The directive suggests that the administration is sensitive to the political implications of Onyango's case coming to light so close to the election.

The East African nation has been fractured by violence in recent years, including a period of two months of bloodshed after December 2007 that killed 1,500 people.

In Boston, Lydia Agro, communications director for the Housing Authority, said Onyango had been screened and approved for public housing as an "eligible non-citizen" when she moved in in 2003. She said the authority is not notified of deportation orders and did not know Onyango was related to Obama until two days ago.




http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081101/ap_on_el_pr/obama_aunt;_ylt=AseZeJ47LkXpYA1_s2sdmfis0NUE

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Jenifer Johnson
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 07:58 pm
@Woiyo9,
Obama's illegal alien aunt living off of taxpayer's backs is proof Obama isn't qualified to run for the office as a Dog Catcher.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, who is mentioned in Obama's personal memoir, was instructed by a court to leave the country after being denied political asylum four years ago.

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion, and on application of the legislature, or of the executive (when the legislature cannot be convened), against domestic violence." Article IV Section IV, The United States Constitution.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States." Article II Section I -8
Not to uphold the Constitution in times of an illegal invasion that is stealing the birthright of every citizen, is treason.

Obama would either have to kick his illegal alien aunt's ass out the door or be guilty of treason (subverting the constitution).




Wy
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 10:12 pm
@Jenifer Johnson,
Did you read Bttrfly's post? Even after the aunt's request for political asylum is denied, she can remain in the United States legally while she appeals the decision or applies for another kind of residency.

Also, while her residency is in doubt, she may find it very difficult to get work -- you have to show that you are legally able to work in the U.S. So if she wanted to work, perhaps she can't.

Besides, I have cousins in another state that I am seldom in contact with. If one of them robs a bank, am I in any way responsible? If one of them is jailed for a felony crime, am I then disbarred from running for office?

In other words, OH, FER HEAVEN'S SAKE!
Jenifer Johnson
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 10:28 pm
@Wy,
Onyango was sponsored by Obama and is now living off the Government. This is BO's economic plan for the redistribution of wealth. http://www.individual-sovereignty.com/pic/hand.gif You pay for his family.

His half-brother lives in a grass hut in Kenya, where $1000.00 from BO would make him a wealthy man. Then BO has the audacity to make a speech that "we are our brother's keeper". http://www.individual-sovereignty.com/pic/rotf.gif
gungasnake
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 11:05 pm
As I read it, this poor woman sent Oinkbama something like $270 for his campaign and the pig kept it.
roger
 
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Reply Sat 1 Nov, 2008 11:06 pm
@Jenifer Johnson,
OH, FER HEAVEN'S SAKE!

Call it plagerism, Wy, but yeah, OH, FER HEAVEN'S SAKE!
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Woiyo9
 
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 07:02 am
@CalamityJane,
Here come the attack-holes.

OK Girlfriend, what are the other reasons you feel are more significant?
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Miller
 
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:14 am
@BillRM,
BillRM wrote:

... nothing to do with Obama one way or another even if it is true.



It is true and Obama returned her $260 that she donated to his campaign.

The old girl's got a nice winter coat, considering she's illegal, receiving welfare, and living in a public housing project in South Boston. She's better off than plenty of tax-paying American citizens.

Does crime pay?
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Miller
 
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Reply Sun 2 Nov, 2008 08:16 am
@gungasnake,
gungasnake wrote:

As I read it, this poor woman sent Oinkbama something like $270 for his campaign and the pig kept it.


No, he has returned it.
Woiyo9
 
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Reply Mon 3 Nov, 2008 07:19 am
@Miller,
Yep, as soon as he found out about it. Of course he would have kept it if the British newspapers did not spill the beans.
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