AP: Obama aunt from Kenya living in US illegally

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  1. Ouch !! I think this is going to hurt.

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

    WASHINGTON – 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.

    One of the sources acknowledged he was not a supporter of Obama or John McCain and said he has no plans to vote on Tuesday. He said that was not a motive for releasing the information.

    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.

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    AP writer Elliott Spagat reported from New York.
     
  2. I'm not going to comment on the case - both sides are going to spin this ad nauseam in the next few days - but it's interesting that they have to explain just where Kenya is. Something of a comment on their readership methinks... or at least their perception of that readership.
     
  3. I think that is going to hit B. Obama hard in voting booth.

    That is not interesting that having to explain where Kenya is... I was asked during my last US visit why I hold my fork in left hand and knife in right..and was asked if I was left-handed.. I had to explain that yes, in EUrropea, it's custom..and added a tidbit that it was one telltale to find out who was German infiltrator during Ardennes/Battle of Bulge...

    Wow, cool !! :D
     
  4. This is the second occasion that Barack Obama has been rather niggardly about providing help to his own family. :eek:

    If this is the way he treats his own family then imagine what would happen if massive vote fraud somehow gets him "elected". :eek:
     
  5. Shows that Nepotism doesn't rule in his roost, that can only be a good thing methinks.
    Actually, I think it will work in his favour, if he had tried to usurp the judicial system, then hell would have broken out-
    Yanks may finally get a President with some integrity. About time too.
     
  6. FFS, is this the best that the McCain machine can do?
     
  7. Helping your family isn't nepotism. Giving your family cushy and high paying jobs that they're not qualified to have is nepotism.
     
  8. The lady in question is NOT related to him

    she is just referred to as Aunty
     
  9. He can't win can he? If he does nothing, "he doesn't help his family." If he helps "he breaks the law and lets in illegal immigrants! Lynch the negro!!"
     
  10. Yes she is. Obama referred to her in his memoir as Aunti Zeituni because she is his aunt.
    http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5iVVj5SjAgqpjIbqdmcOB74FtqRIAD945SUUO0
     
  11. This is just the latest in a long line of smears against Obama.

    First off he was rumoured to be a Muslim; then it switched to highlighting the rantings of his Catholic preacher; then the focus was on him working with a terrorist; then the rumour that he supposedly isn't a native born American and therefore illegible to be POTUS; last week he became a Socialist Marxist.
    The smears have been nasty and disingenuous. I can't see how any of it will influence the key swing voters to support McCain

    This is the first time I've witnessed a Presidential campaign from within America and find the whole process rather juvenile and undignified - even more so than British politics!
     
  12. Maybe it's because all of his relatives are Africans ( ie. not Americans :wink: ) and since he won't show anyone in the press his birth certificate maybe it's because he has something to hide, ( ie. his foreign birth, which would automatically disqualify him from the US presidency :wink: ).
     
  13. They're not smears if they're true.
     
  14. So what's this then?
     

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  15. I doubt that all his relatives are African, doesn't sound feasible. However if he is qualified to run for president, what difference would that make (the African relatives) if it was true? These anti-Obama claims are making his opposition look ridiculous.