Barack Obama’s aunt, revealed this week to be dwelling in a Boston slum, is living in the United States illegally, refusing to leave the U.S. for her Kenyan homeland when a judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, the Associated Press is reporting.
A person familiar with the case told AP that 56-year-old Zeituni Onyango was told to leave America by a U.S. immigration judge in 2004.
Two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcement official, disclosed and confirmed information about the deportation case.
Speaking to a reporter with the London Times, outside her home, Zeituni Onyango, 56, confirmed she was indeed the “Auntie Zeituni” so affectionately described in Obama’s best-selling memoir, “Dreams From My Father.”
In the memoir, Obama wrote: “If Jane or Zeituni ever felt ill, if their companies ever closed or laid them off, there was no government safety net. There was only family, next of kin, people burdened by similar hardship. Now I was family, I reminded myself. Now I had responsibilities.”
It was not immediately clear how Onyango might have qualified for public housing with a standing deportation order.
This illustrates the Obama approach to helping the less fortunate: Talk about helping instead of actually helping.
Why do progressives, who are less generous in voluntary giving than conservatives, only count compulsory giving backed by the confiscatory power of the state as charity? Maybe, since Auntie Zeituni had somehow qualified for public housing and Barack Obama presumably pays his taxes, he felt like he was fulfilling his family responsibilities.
Setting aside the issue of Auntie Zeituni’s unlawful presence in the country, this speaks to Obama’s character. I mean, our family here in Indiana has done more for Sharon and me to help us get back on our feet this year than Sen. Obama has done for his Auntie Zeituni, and our combined income — I mean for all of us, about eight working families in all — doesn’t equal what Barack and Michelle pull down in a year.
I’m no fan of John McCain, but the more I learn about Barack Obama, the less I want to live in his America.