Saturday, November 01, 2008

Obama's Aunt: Illegal Alien & Deportation Fugitive

The other day, Barack Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango, was discovered living in a South Boston housing project.

This morning, we find out from Michelle Malkin that Aunti Zeituni is an illegal alien who is also a deportation fugitive.

Well now.

Turns out Aunti Zeituni Onyango, one of Democrat presidential candidate Barack Obama’s many relatives made famous in his memoir, is an illegal alien. And not just a run-of-the-mill illegal alien on welfare.

She’s one of the hundreds of thousands of deportation fugitives — absconders – whom I’ve been reporting on for the past six years. After 9/11, the government vowed to crack down on absconders. They’ve failed abysmally.

Aunti’s story:

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.

Just you watch: After sitting silent as Joe The Plumber’s records were rummaged by Ohio government employees, the fairweather privacy rights crowd will wake up and start making noise over this.

QUESTION: Will the Obama campaign return the many donations from this illegal alien?

ANSWER: Not bloody likely.

Federal Election Commission records show that Onyango donated at least five times to her nephew’s campaign in July and September. Three of the donations were for $5 each, and two of the donations were for $25. Records compiled by The Huffington Post show she gave a total of $260 to the campaign.

The law:

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.


Illegal campaign contributions from a relative in the country illegally. Just three days before the election, more signs of how an Obama Administration would be bad for this nation and what a mess they would make.

I'll talk about "selfishness" later, this is completely different, an outright violation of immigration and campaign finance laws, from a Presidential candidate.

1 comment:

Bob McCarty said...

Good points all. In a post at my blog this morning, I pointed out several more questions raised by this news, including:

* Will “Aunt Zeituni” be deported immediately?

* Will she be or jailed for a time until she can be deported?

* Will she receive aide from her nephew, the Democratic Party presidential nominee — perhaps in the form of a legal storm that attempts to delay her deportation until after inauguration day when, he hopes, he’ll be able to grant her asylum request?

* Will she reveal information about the birth of her nephew in Kenya in exchange for a reversal of the ruling that denied her asylum request?

Though it's a day late to qualify as an October Surprise, I hope John McCain can make "hay" out of it -- and soon!