Zeituni Onyango (pictured) lives in comfortable subsidized housing in Boston and dresses quite nicely for a welfare case. She is also an alien absconder who was ordered deported but failed to leave.
She grumbles about being cut off from her only American relatives — the ones who reside in the White House — although she has plenty of family back home in Kenya. (Polygamy does spawn lots of kinfolk.)
Obama aunt anguished by separation, AP, December 1, 2009She does't have to beg for more goodies from her nephew: the system is already abuser-friendly. The judge knows who she is and doesn't want any bad surprises coming his way. That's why he postponed her asylum hearing until February, probably hoping that something would turn up to rescue him.
Onyango, the half sister of Obama's late father, said she has exiled herself from the family after attending Obama's inauguration because she didn't want to become fodder for his foes. Obama and his family have not reached out to her either, she said.
"Before, we were family. But right now, there is a lot of politics, and me, I am not interested in any politics at all," said Onyango, whose appeal for asylum from her native Kenya is before an immigration judge in Boston.
The Obamas are her only family in the United States, she said.
"It is very sad when such a thing happens. There are people, outsiders, you know, they come in between, they divide a family," she said last week. "It's not easy."
Onyango, 57, is protective of Obama and said she never asked him to intervene in her case and didn't tell him about her immigration difficulties.
Plus, Auntie Mooch lives in Massachusetts, where one of the President's pals is governor, and Deval Patrick is not about to cut the woman's benefits.
Onyango helped care for the president's half brothers and sister while living with Barack Obama Sr. in Kenya. She moved to the United States in 2000 and applied for asylum in 2002, but her request was rejected and she was ordered deported in 2004.Ridiculous. None of the President's many African relatives have had any difficulties at all. In fact, their celebrity proximity is rewarded; for instance Obama's grandmother was recently invited to celebrate the hajj in Mecca.
However, she did not leave the country and continued to live in public housing in Boston. She had been a health care volunteer but not since her status became public. She refused to discuss how she affords to live now or who is paying for her attorney. [...]
Her attorney, Margaret Wong, said Onyango first applied for asylum because of violence in Kenya, an East African nation fractured by cycles of electoral violence every five years. People who seek asylum must show that they face persecution in their homeland on the basis of religion, race, nationality, political opinion or membership in a social group.
Immigration experts say Onyango's relationship to the president could strengthen her claim that she would be subjected to danger at home.
In a just world, Aunt Z's asylum dog-and-pony in court show would coincide with Congress' promised amnesty attempt, but that won't be allowed to happen; it would be too clear an example of Obama's basic treachery regarding immigration and sovereignty.