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.While reading this, I thought that two things would happen: either she'd be shuttled quickly out of the country (perhaps aboard Obama's 757), or there'd be an emergency private relief bill quickly passed to make here legal. It looks like the Bush administration has, for one reason or other, already taken steps in that direction:
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 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.UPDATE: She also donated to his campaign. That was illegal, but the one who should take all the blame for the situation is Obama himself. She's a sympathetic figure; he is not.
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.
"We'll talk after the election... Come talk to me after the fifth."And, from this she said:
"I can't talk about it, I just pray for him, that's all... After the 4th, I can talk to anyone."Did someone from the campaign tell her to keep quiet?
Politics · Fri, 10/31/2008 - 19:14 · Importance: 1