Sunday, November 02, 2008

Federal Officials Investigating Leak on Obama's Aunt

You know the "lowest" thing to do is go into a person's personal life to try and find dirt. Sadly, for many politicians that is the "norm."

Obama's half aunt, who is from Kenya, was ordered to leave the United States years ago after an immigration judge denied her request for asylum, a person familiar with the matter told The Associated Press late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss the case.

The woman, Zeituni Onyango (zay-TUHN on-YANG-oh), is living in public housing in Boston and is the half-sister of Obama's late father.

Political Asylum

"The United Nations 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees guides national legislation concerning political asylum. Under these agreements, a refugee (or for cases where repressing base means has been applied directly or environmentally to the defoule' refugee) is a person who is outside their own country's territory (or place of habitual residence if stateless) owing to fear of persecution on protected grounds. Protected grounds include race, nationality, religion, political opinions and membership and/or participation in any particular social group or social activities." (information from Wikipedia)

...So if she has filed for Political Asylum (and even denied) then that information (like most immigration status) is confidential. This could in some cases put that person in jeopardy.

Obama met his father (and that side of the family) 20 years ago. He was raised as a United States Citizen in Hawaii. He referred to Onyango as "Auntie Zeituni" when describing the trip in his memoir, saying she was "a proud woman."

All I can say is TWO MORE DAYS!!

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