WASHINGTON (CNN) - President Barack Obama's Kenyan aunt is in the United States legally, at least for the time being, CNN has learned.
Just days before the November election it was reported that Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Mr. Obama's late father, was living in Boston despite a deportation order issued four years earlier when her asylum request was denied.
A spokesman for the Executive Office of Immigration Review tells CNN, however, that a motion to reopen Onyango's case was granted on December 17th, and on December 30th a stay was placed on the order to remove her. According to the spokesman, she is scheduled to have a new hearing in front of a Boston immigration court on April 1.
"While she is in proceedings she can stay in the country," says Margaret Wong, the attorney representing Onyango. Wong said her client had not received any special treatment in the immigration system. But being the President's aunt has its perks. Wong says that Onyango had tickets to attend her nephew's swearing in last week, and attended at least one inaugural ball.
Cue the right-wing "Outrage".
Of course she is still here. Obama is in power and power corrupts. Auntie will get to stay, just like Geithner doesn't have to pay his taxes like the rest of the country. Change? Yes, but not for the better, I'm afraid.
You mean a woman who had a deportation order MYSTERIOUSLY is granted a "stay" on the deportation order after her nephew was elected President??
NO! It can't be!
I guess SOME people are above the law, eh Barack?
pls leave the woman alone .
Dang she got it made in the shade now. LOL.
American Express it has it's rewards
WHATEVER HAPPENED TO OBAMA'S KENYAN GRANDMOTHER? WASN'T SHE SUPPOSED TO BE AT THE INAUGURATION?
Well color me suprised by this. Obama's illegal Aunt is still here and now that he has taken over she is going to stay. She got tickets to the inaugeration and a inaugural ball.
She has gotten more than any law abiding tax paying right to be here American ever did.
So much for change we can believe in and transparency of government.
Deport this sorry old coot and every other illegal that is taking up space and jobs here in the US. We can't afford the luxury of them on our system any more.
I'm not saying she should not stay, but it seems rather unfair to millions of others who would like to stay and can't.
Next thing you know, she will be living in the Blair House.
Well color me suprised by this. Obama's illegal Aunt is still here and now that he has taken over she is going to stay. She got tickets to the inaugeration and a inaugural ball as well.
Deport this sorry old lady and every other illegal that is taking up space and jobs here in the US. We can't afford the luxury of them on our system any more.
This is Obama's aunt, right? Save the court cost and time, give her asylum. You know you will anyway.
Anyone who was ordered deported from this country should not still be here 4 years later. How many tax dollars have been wasted on the woman and many like her? Maybe if deportations were carried out in a timely manner the jobs and lives of Americans would be much more secure.
seems like special treatment for the Rex Americanum and his regal family
This is baloney. If she was anyone else she'd be gone. Biased joke of a system and city.
And this was unexpected, why?
This just tops it all. What a great example for the POTUS to set! The woman has been living here illegally for years and oh, boo hoo, she can stay now! Ship her, and all the rest of the illegals out. This country has enough problems supporting itself without supporting illegals too.
Obama's illegal Aunt is still here and now that he has taken over she is going to stay. She got tickets to the inaugeration and a inaugural ball as well.
She has recieved more than any law abiding tax paying right to be here American ever did. Deport her already. We can't afford the luxury of illegals on our system any more.
Good for Auntie Zeituni. I am pretty sure I saw her at the inauguration (on TV).
why not her?
that is what is wrong with this country
we let every one in this country that does not belong
then we find out later
that they get a free ride because it B.H Obama aunt
sent her home
this aunt of Obamas is not harming one single one of US, whats the big fuss about ???? this is the very least of MY problems...and shouldnt even be in news !!!
Wait a minute...what am I missing here?
she was ordered to leave the country 4 years ago. She showed INS a finger. After her nephew won, she was allowed to stay.
She "had not received any special treatment" ????? are you for real?
I suggest to appoint auntie Zeituni as a head of INS now (analogy to the guy who will be in charge of IRS for not paying taxes). Way to go Obama!
What is wrong with this picture?????? Let's ask her if she was present for his birth in Kenya?
It's so sad that she's going to get shafted on this. The GOPers are all drooling over the opportunity to have a country-wide coniption fit if she ends up staying in this country.
Yeah, big deal!! There are many illegal aliens in this country, so one more won't make a difference. As far as I am concerned, she can stay.