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Obama's Aunt an Illegal Alien; She Contributed to His Campaign; Lives in Public Housing

Barack Obama mentioned his Aunti Zeituni in his book Dreams of My Father. The AP reports today that not only is she in this country illegally, but that she was ordered out of the country four years ago. Obviously, she refused to leave. That makes her a deportation fugitive.

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.

Of course, the AP buries at the very end of its article this sentence:

It was not immediately clear how Onyango might have qualified for public housing with a standing deportation order.

Here's a novel idea for the AP: how about doing a little research and finding out.

Wait it gets better. She also donated money to Obama's presidential campaign, which is illegal:

It shall be unlawful for a foreign national directly or through any other person to make any contribution of money or other thing of value, or to promise expressly or impliedly to make any such contribution, in connection with an election to any political office; or in connection with any primary election, convention, or caucus held to select candidates for any political office; or for any person to solicit, accept, or receive any such contribution from a foreign national.

2 U.S.C. § 441e.

I'm sure there will be plenty of Obama sycophants who will make all kinds of excuses since she's Obama's aunt. The fact that she's related to Obama is irrelevant. She's not an American citizen so she can't donate. Now if the press would look into all the other illegal donations.

Boston Housing Authority deputy director Bill McGonagle is telling the media to back off because Obama's illegal alien aunt is feeling a little bit oppressed:

McGonagle said that Onyango has been overwhelmed by the media attention since the news of her relationship with Obama was broken yesterday by The Times of London.

"Miss Onyango has asked that we respect her privacy and she be left alone," he said. "She's feeling very put upon. We are asking the press to back off because she is feeling a little bit oppressed."

I think Joe the Plumber has something say about feeling "a little bit oppressed." The media and the Democrats rifled through his records in an effort to find something to smear him with. Aunti Zeituni will get kid glove treatment in comparison.

Hat tip: Michelle Malkin


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Doing a CIA background chec... (Below threshold)
dooz:

Doing a CIA background check / dredge job on Joe the Plumber is fine, fully understandable. I mean, the guy actually asked a question of Obama!

Obama's aunt is a totally different matter. So what if she's related to the candidate? So what if she's not only here illegally but here in defiance of court ruling? So what if she's a foreign national who's contributed to a political campaign? She hasn't criticized Obama, has she?

Just trying to see this as JFO and other Kool-aid-drinking Obamaniacs see it.

JFO and fellow leftists: You have two days to wake up and smell the coffee. If Obama wins, you trouble-makers will be the first to go.

We've moved well beyond Dem... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

We've moved well beyond Democratic "nuance". Welcome to NEWSPEAK.

But..... is she registered ... (Below threshold)
Janice:

But..... is she registered to vote????

So what? Do you want Obama ... (Below threshold)
J:

So what? Do you want Obama to go beat her up or something? I don't see what this has to do with Obama.

INS ordered her deported 4 ... (Below threshold)
Rance:

INS ordered her deported 4 years ago, before Obama had any clout to do anything to prevent it.
They apparently knew where she was but did nothing for 4 years. Doesn't say much about the effectiveness of Homeland Security/INS.

j,You don't see what... (Below threshold)
Grace:

j,
You don't see what this has to do with Obama?!? This is just one more example of who he is. If he wrote about this Aunt in his book, he knows her. How can we not believe he knows of her situation? If he truly did not know of the deportation order, why not? Is she just some other poor relative or friend whom he uses in his story but has absolutely no real interest in? If so it speaks volumes about his character.
Grace

O's campaign hasn't been ve... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

O's campaign hasn't been very well thought out from the beginning. The only thing I can think of here, is she might be used to a certain lifestyle and has no problem with where she lives. In her eyes, public housing may be far better than she has ever had, and he may actually be giving her money that we don't know about. Still, her circumstance doesn't say too much about sharing the wealth.

Grace,Exactly what... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Grace,

Exactly what would you have him do about this woman? She is an adult. She decided not to leave the country. There is no evidence that he encouraged her to stay.

He can't kidnap her and throw her on a tramp steamer back to Kenya, that would be a felony.

Other that trying to exercise his powers of persuasion, he has no leverage.

It you were in the same situation, exactly what steps would you take?

There's a rumor goin... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


There's a rumor going around that the aunt called 911 to complain about traffic and when the operator asked, "Are calling 911 to complain about the traffic?" she said, "F*ck off!"

Probably just an ugly rumor. Sorry I brought it up.

Hmmm, am I getting t... (Below threshold)
Larry:


Hmmm, am I getting the idea that sharing the wealth Obama style means you and me contributing, while Obama sends his kids to a private school? Obama's aunt, Obama's brother, who else? Obama got rich on a book deal.

Leave us not be selfish Obama :-)

Heh, she's probably not the... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Heh, she's probably not the first one to make a phone call like that, Adrian.

Nice morally equivalent bul... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Nice morally equivalent bullshit argument, Adrian. Because have an ass for a brother is roughly equivilent to not performing ones sworn commitment to the country regarding immigration AND illegal use of funds and then recieving those illegal funds in the form of an illegal campaign contribution.

Pretty close.

Asshat.

Rance, if you really believ... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Rance, if you really believe that Obama can't figure out how to help this woman or at least resolve her financial and legal situation, how the hell can you believe that he'll magically be able to fix the economy, or any damn issue for that matter, as president?

If he's not smart enough to help one person, how is he going to help 350 million?

Jimmy Carter had Bil... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:


Jimmy Carter had Billy.
Bill Clinton had Roger.
Obama has Zeituni.

Jeb has George.


the gop has lost all dignit... (Below threshold)
billy:

the gop has lost all dignity and respect. if you want to close out mccains campaign this way its fine with me. you can put the final nail in your coffin for me.

Yeah, billy, how terrible o... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Yeah, billy, how terrible of us to point out facts about what a total hypocrite Obama is. I take it you'll be among the first wave of neighborhood informants?

the gop has lost a... (Below threshold)
the gop has lost all dignity and respect. if you want to close out mccains campaign this way its fine with me. you can put the final nail in your coffin for me

Whatever you say billy. If this were McCain's aunt, Big Media would be going nuts on this less than a week away from the election.

Try as they might, they've tried to destroy Sarah Palin and Joe the plumber and have failed.

you can put the fi... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
you can put the final nail in your coffin for me.

Is this an actual campaign meme, where you guys copy and paste each other's comments 'cause there's nothing new to add?

Let us review: Really dumb... (Below threshold)
CF in Naples, FL:

Let us review: Really dumb guy who listens to way too much right-wing radio stops throwing football in front yard to wander over and bait Obama. Feeds Barack a passel of lies and spouts right-wing BS about how Obama's policies will hurt him. Facts are, as Obama explains patiently and politely, that his policies would help 'Joe' save enough money to actually do what the lying jerk claims he wants to do, & will help small biz because of increased sales since CUSTOMERS have $. What did I miss?

Thanks for proving what fas... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Thanks for proving what fascists you left wing nut jobs are. The man asked a question about Obamas policy and just because Obama completely flubbed the answer, the questioner is now "Really dumb" and a "lying jerk."

Tolerance!! hypocrite edition.

"Miss Onyango has asked tha... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"Miss Onyango has asked that we respect her privacy and she be left alone." I'd suggest that she be put on a direct flight back 'home' where she came from, one way with explicit instructions that she not return. She'll have plenty of 'alone' time to contemplate the laws we have for emigration.

And for all the trolls, equivocation is a loosers argument.

"Feeds Barack a passel of l... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"Feeds Barack a passel of lies"

The above voids the validity of your comment. You spent too much time on your rhetoric, and bought Obama's lies about sharing the wealth rather than Joe's circumstance.

Let's review: A "a person f... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Let's review: A "a person familiar with the matter", and other source withing the andministration know about this situation for 4 years and wait until 4 days before the election to tell anyone about it. How conveeenient!

Obama just admitted that sh... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Obama just admitted that she participated in at least one official function and had called him as recently as 2 yrs ago from Boston.

But he didn't know about her situation. And he has a bridge to sell you...

Oh you hypocrites. If he ha... (Below threshold)
kulinka:

Oh you hypocrites. If he had helped his aunt it will still be an issue. How many senators helped Irsih, English or italian people to become legal and you know european can be illegal too. i know a few. Its always an issue when its a latino or african. That double standard is called "racism". And i wonder how much money Bush got from his Mexican in-laws? Are they all legal?

What's a illegal status..??... (Below threshold)
Mauro:

What's a illegal status..??? It's wrong, nobody is illegal, it's not an immigrant status... People is not illegal, only the acts the actions are legal or illegal, you can't say that a person who stoles a store is illegal, the action is illegal... So, please use the correct words...

I wouldn't want to fan the ... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

I wouldn't want to fan the flames of outrage but don't forget when Jerome Corsi went to Kenya to investigate the mystery surrounding Obama's birth certificate, immigration officials tossed him out the first day because he didn't have a "work permit."

What's a illegal status..??... (Below threshold)
Mauro:

What's a illegal status..??? It's wrong, nobody is illegal, it's not an immigrant status... People is not illegal, only the acts the actions are legal or illegal, you can't say that a person who steals a store is illegal, the action is illegal... So, please use the correct words

Obama is having a very bad ... (Below threshold)
nikkolai:

Obama is having a very bad day. (See other problems he's having).

He got tossed because that'... (Below threshold)
kulinka:

He got tossed because that's their law. same as in france when you have your visa expires they will look for you and take you to the airport to kick you out. Its the immigration job to find people and deport them. Would you give you family member away. I don't think so. I know i would not.

Why does that story mean th... (Below threshold)
Chris:

Why does that story mean that Obama is a hypocrite? 2 cases:
1. he did have contact with her on a regular basis: so he should have known about her status. what would you do then? report her? obviously, if you would do so, I don't know what kind of person you have to be to report a relative.
Besides, apparently, officials already knew about it, so why report her again? so I can't see what he would have done wrong then, or how it says anything bad about his character?

2.case: he rarely talked to her, they were not close, so he just didn't know, like he said. the only thing to conclude from that is that he doesn't have a close tie to this part of his family, which is understandable to me since his father literally abandoned him... but there nothing "hypocritical" about that, or anything that would disqualify him as a president in my eyes. Many people have relatives they do never speak with.

I think we should ask ourselves what we would do in the two above cases and then judge. I can't see why her misbehavior has anything to do with Obamas character. I'm open to reasonable arguments, so please prove me wrong, but I really can't see that here.

Barack is an illegal, why n... (Below threshold)
dead voter# 9:

Barack is an illegal, why not His aunt?

Well, according to Obama, "... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Well, according to Obama, "he didn't know" his aunt was an illegal...anyone?...anyone...?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/nov/01/obama-says-he-didnt-know-aunts-illegal-status/

"what would you do then? re... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"what would you do then? report her?"

Evidently, even though he was in "contact with her on a regular basis", he managed to remain "unaware" of her status. So he's not going to to report it if he "doesn't know about it."

Just to clarify, Chris, I b... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Just to clarify, Chris, I believe he didn't know about his aunt's status as much as I believe his plan to share the wealth.

Let us review: Really dumb... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

Let us review: Really dumb guy who listens to way too much right-wing radio stops throwing football in front yard to wander over and bait Obama. Feeds Barack a passel of lies and spouts right-wing BS about how Obama's policies will hurt him. Facts are, as Obama explains patiently and politely, that his policies would help 'Joe' save enough money to actually do what the lying jerk claims he wants to do, & will help small biz because of increased sales since CUSTOMERS have $. What did I miss? ,

What you missed was Obama's ,answer.

If we want fairness lets allow everyone to pay the same rate.
Some people come to the US bust their ass and make 5K year and work hard put themselves through school and now make over 150K a year. They may want to work hard start a business and gross over 300K. Why should they be punished for that dream.

You say it not a punishment but every time we raise taxes on anything else it to discourage uses. Want to reduce smoking raise tax on cigarettes. What to have more green cars lower tax on green cars. The tax code is used a carrot and stick all the time so why do people want to take an iron bar to the rich. Ar they not Americans?

Also if the guy is so dumb how did he trip up THE ONE
Marc

What's a illegal status..??? It's wrong, nobody is illegal, it's not an immigrant status... People is not illegal, only the acts the actions are legal or illegal, you can't say that a person who stoles a store is illegal, the action is illegal... So, please use the correct words..

She is an Illegal Alien , deportation fugitive. Alien is person who is not a US national. You can have a status of illegal or legal.
Legal
nonresident alien (visiting with legal status)
resident alien (living in the use with legal status
enemy alien
illegal alien (a person has entered the US in volition of immigration law, someone who has overstated a visa, some who has ben denied an immigration petition .

So i think the right terms were used regardless of what the MSM want to call them.


Which kind of gives us a pr... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Which kind of gives us a preview of what Obama might (not) do with our borders and sovereignty.

One thing he could have don... (Below threshold)

One thing he could have done is get her an imm. lawyer. Who knows whether her case is salvageable or not?

If anyone wants to actually do something, ask him some of the questions at my name's link. And, then upload his response to Youtube. He'll be making plenty of appearances, so if enough people try to ask him about this someone should be able to do it. Just make sure the question isn't about her so much as him.

So now he is returning her ... (Below threshold)
Denise:

So now he is returning her donations. What about the other illegal foreign donors?

And they are squealing that the Bush administration released the story.

Well, according to news sto... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

Well, according to news stories, she was requesting "asylum". Is that normal for a foreigner that wants to become a citizen or was she trying to escape from something? I am just curious about that because I always thought the first step to stay in the U.S. was to get a temporary permit or green card.

LaMedusa An Asylu... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

LaMedusa

An Asylum request is different process. and has many outcomes. Some of which lead to what you are speaking of.

THE ONE should really get his Aunt a Lawyer. However considering that he backed the current Government for which she is seeking Asylum from opens a whole new can of worms.

The question to BHO is why is your Aunt seeking Asylum from a government you helped put in power?

http://www.uscis.gov/portal/site/uscis/menuitem.5af9bb95919f35e66f614176543f6d1a/?vgnextoid=3a34f0c65defe010VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCRD&vgnextchannel=3a82ef4c766fd010VgnVCM1000000ecd190aRCRD

I'm more concerned about el... (Below threshold)
Jimmy Smith:

I'm more concerned about electing a guy who doesn't know he has eight houses (and 13 cars) than about electing a guy who doesn't know the immigration status of a distant relative.

voters nned to look real ca... (Below threshold)
billy:

voters nned to look real careful at the evil nature of the conservative. we must keep them from power or they will attack old poor women in walkers if they think it helps them. they are truly the scum of the earth. people like this should have all rights revoked and be shipped out of our country. i truly hope pres. obama works on this right away after he is sworn in.

billy - "i truly hope p... (Below threshold)
marc:

billy - "i truly hope pres. obama works on this right away after he is sworn in."

Save up the lunch money momma gives you and you can help obama get done what you so desire.

<a href="http://www.youtube... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"voters nned (sic) to look real careful at the evil nature of the conservative."

Don't worry, billy. No one will intrude on your "cool", untainted, incorrupt, honest liberal lifestyle. Pink bunnies and all that.

The question to BH... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:
The question to BHO is why is your Aunt seeking Asylum from a government you helped put in power

Thx, hcddbz. Which is a much better question, actually. Is she a muslim or a christian? The reason I ask this is because of what happened to a lot of the christians over in Kenya when Odinga wasn't elected. He slaughtered and burned up several in protest and became co-president.

And if anyone believes thos... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

And if anyone believes those are not valid concerns, they are just not paying attention.

Makes me think,Sat i... (Below threshold)
Howard:

Makes me think,
Sat in a Church for 20 years but didn't know Wright was a racist, Did business with Ayers for 15 years but didn't know he was a terrioist. Bought property from Resko but didn't know he was shady. Didn't know Dr. Khalid Abdullah was anti Semite. Didn'n know Auntie Zeituni is here illegally (living in Public Housing and contributing to his campaign illegally). Sent a Director from his campaign to a meeting with Islamic Terriost but didn't know. Seems to me he doesn't know some very important things....or did he and is not being honest! Obama is a dangerous man!

1. Occidental College records -Not released
2. Columbia College records - Not released
3. Columbia Thesis Paper - "not available"
4. Harvard College records - Not released
5. Selective Service Registration - Not released
6. Medical records - Not released
7. Illinois State Senate schedule - "not available"
8. Law practice client list - Not released
9. Certified Copy of original Birth certificate - Not released
10. Embossed, signed paper Certification of Live Birth - Not released
11. Harvard Law Review articles published - None
12. University of Chicago scholarly articles - None
13. Your Record of baptism - Not released or "not available"
14. Your Illinois State Senate records- "not available"

I don't want Auntie "put up... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

I don't want Auntie "put upon", I want her PUT OUT! Deportation, NOW! Forget the welfare fraud and election fraud, just deport her illegal ass now. Damned commies.

#48: Howard, do you think t... (Below threshold)
dooz:

#48: Howard, do you think this might be relevant to Iran favoring Obama in this election?

Somehow, I don't think McCain is going to be suckered by Iran, and I think they know that.

I would be surprised if Oba... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

I would be surprised if Obama won. He has served his purpose and provided "the bridge" between the western cultures and "The religion of Peace."

There are a lot of incidents that present kind of an eerie pattern ever since he was "elected" in 1995.

Jimmy, thx for bringing up ... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Jimmy, thx for bringing up McCains houses. Do you know what one of those gets used for? Cindys elderly aunt. Dems always talk about helping people but never help anyone other than themselves.

The Iraq Government ... (Below threshold)
Larry:


The Iraq Government is already getting ready for an Obama Presidentcy. The are reassuring Iran. You can't make this stuff up.

Uh.. why is someone who liv... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Uh.. why is someone who lives in 'public' housing 'donating' money to a political campaign ?

"Oh you hypocrites. If h... (Below threshold)

"Oh you hypocrites. If he had helped his aunt it will still be an issue."

kulinka, shouting "hypocrisy!" is fun isn't it? Especially when we get to make stuff up and offer no support for the claim.

How do we know he didn't help her? How do we know he didn't keep immigration off her ass for four years? How do we know he didn't put her in contact with the right people to get her public housing and whatever other government programs she could get?

I'll bet she's a lovely person. She sounds perfectly sweet. But that's not what is at issue here, is it?

I predict that if O does ge... (Below threshold)
Tammy:

I predict that if O does get elected President that he will be done in (in the permanent sense, if you get my drift), and not by a Republican and/or conservative. He'll be taken down by one of his own when he fails to deliver the rainbow stew and free bubble up. They will see the truth for what it really is; that he intended to achieve the presidency for his own egotistical and monetary gain and that he never fully intended to help anyone anywhere anytime.

They are already on this ... (Below threshold)
MF:

They are already on this (the FBI) and they are investigating who leaked this information.

Guess like they gave Joe the Plumber hell...

Seeing a scary trend here?

Well Oyster, Helping her as... (Below threshold)
kulinka:

Well Oyster, Helping her as as SEnator would have removed the deportation order. You don't keep immigration off your ass with a deportation order hanging over your head. And no, its not made up. A senator can do a recommandation to the immmigration to help somebody become legal and that's a fact. If he had used his power to get her a green card it will be an issue today too. At least he didn't use his power to change the course of action. And well even if you come from europe you get 3 months to stay in the US after you become illegal yiou will have to exit the US and re-enter agian. The only way you get to stay is if you have a pending immigration case. Read some immigration manuals before saying that's mape up




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