The Associated Press released news yesterday that Zeituni Onyango, Obama's Aunt mentioned in his book, is in the United States illegally after having been ordered to leave the U.S. four years ago after a U.S. immigration judge denied her asylum.
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.
In a statement given to the AP by the Obama campaign they deny Obama's having known his aunt's illegal immigrant status, saying "Senator Obama has no knowledge of her status but obviously believes that any and all appropriate laws be followed."
The campaign said he has seen her a few times since that meeting, beginning with a return trip to Kenya with his wife, Michelle, four years after the first trip. 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.
To top it off, Obama's Aunti Zeituni, who is not eligible for public housing being an illegal alien, somehow does and Federal Election Commission documents filed by the Obama campaign show that she has donated $260 to Obama's campaign in small donations over a period of time.
Under federal election law, only U.S. citizens or green-card holders are legally permitted to give money to campaigns. Onyango, who listed her employer as the Boston Housing Authority, gave in small increments to the Obama campaign. Her latest contribution was $5 on Sept. 19.
There is quite a bit wrong with this picture, first the move by the Bush administration to protect Onyango from having her butt arrested and deported right now.
Sseond, being able to obtain public housing after having been ordered to leave America.
Third, being able to donate to Obama's campaign showing that there are no protections set up by the Obama campaign to stop illegal aliens from donating to his campaign, thereby receiving illegal donations.
Fourth, Obama knew this women enough to not only mention her in his book, but for to have been present at his swearing-in to the U.S. Senate in 2004, yet he is trying to claim he had no idea she was in this country illegally?
Fifth, even if we believe he did not know his aunt's illegal status, he never offered to "spread his wealth" enough to help her from having to live in public housing?
There is so much wrong with this on so many levels.