January 26th, 2009
02:47 PM ET
11 months ago

President Obama's aunt remains in US legally for now

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.


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soundoff (243 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Deport her NOW. But oh yah, the Dem's are in charge now so they will let her stay just because of who her nephew is. If she broke the law she should face the penalty. What happens if she does some other crime. Will we let that slide too just because of who her nephew is?

    January 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  2. REPUBLICAN = LOSERS

    Reality Check find out where Obama was born IDIOT!!! Here's a reality check for you it wasn't Kenya DUMMY!!!! lol

    January 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. butters

    Who cares!? If she wasn't related to Obama, no one would care. And, to be honest, I still think no one cares.

    Reality Check...please.

    January 26, 2009 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  4. JL

    Please calm down people. It is quite normal for the department (EOIR) to grant a temporary stay of deportation proceedings when a court motion to re-open a case (i.e., ask the department to reconsider any action that's been taken on the case) is filed.

    Please don't make something out of nothing and understand the law before you respond.

    January 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  5. Seattle

    No reality check needed but she attended yours that took place in a Kennel with the rest of the dogs

    January 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  6. willetta suttle

    Give me a break! Don't we have more to worry about than this?

    January 26, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  7. Anonymous

    Deport her NOW. But oh yah, the Dem's are in charge now so they will let her stay just because of who her nephew is. If she broke the law she should face the penalty. What happens if she does some other crime. Will we let that slide too just because of who her nephew is?

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  8. butters

    Who cares!? If she wasn't related to Obama, no one would care. And, to be honest, I still think no one cares.

    Reality Check...please.

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  9. Seattle

    No "reality check " but she attended yours that took place in a Kennel with the rest of the dogs

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  10. Seattle

    No "reality check " but she attended yours that took place in a Kennel with the rest of the dogs

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Deport her NOW. But oh yah, the Dem's are in charge now so they will let her stay just because of who her nephew is. If she broke the law she should face the penalty. What happens if she does some other crime. Will we let that slide too just because of who her nephew is?

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  12. REPUBLICAN = LOSERS

    Reality Check find out where Obama was born IDIOT!!! Here's a reality check for you it wasn't Kenya DUMMY!!!! lol

    January 26, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. JL from Florida

    Please calm down people. It is quite normal for the department (EOIR) to grant a temporary stay of deportation proceedings when a court motion to re-open a case (i.e., ask the department to reconsider any action that's been taken on the case) is filed.

    Please don't make something out of nothing and understand the law before you respond.

    January 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  14. Northwest

    No "reality check " but she attended yours that took place in a Kennel with the rest of the dogs

    January 26, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  15. Turnabout is Fair Play

    RealityCheck January 26th, 2009 3:05 pm ET

    What is wrong with this picture?????? Let's ask her if she was present for his birth in Kenya?
    -----------------------------

    The man was born in Hawaii to an American white woman, maggot. That alone makes him an American citizen on its own merit. What a brainless tool you continue to be.

    January 26, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Shawn - GA

    If this was a GOP relative you folks would have a way diffrent tune here. I am not making a statement one way or the other on this woman, I am pointing out that you folks will act one way or the other based on the "D" or "R"

    Perfect Example was when Stern sent his guy out and gave all of McCain's platform out stating it was Obama's and everyone was raving about how great the ideas were.

    Those who know me; know that I support our President, what I have a problem with is Bloggers who post nasty things just because.

    Ok I am done.... :-)
    God Bless

    January 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  17. tishoogle

    realitycheck..Get a life..People like you should leave this beautiful
    country..Obama is our President..Your a BAD loser!!!!!

    January 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  18. John G

    So she was told to leave and didn't? Hmmm....sounds pretty clear cut to me.

    January 26, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. ZimChick

    Now now people don’t get your knickers all in a knot. Like everything else, there is a 'process' that has to be followed. How can she be tried if she is out of the country? According to the law she is allowed to remain in the country until her court date.

    January 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  20. Ghost

    Wow. This almost makes Palin stories relevent.

    Reality, since this order was issued 4 years ago, I doubt Obama had the pull to keep her here back then. however, I would think your problem woud be with hte immigration folk, since she hasn't left and was easily tracked down by the media, no less. More to the point, why haven't they gone after her yet?

    January 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  21. sensible Cape Coral FL

    How come "Reality Check" gets his ideas(?) published twice and I can't mine published even once?

    January 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Yep!!! Lets let all the illegal folks that cross the border from Mexico come and stay but we definately want to try to kick out one old lady from Kenya... WHY?

    January 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  23. Obama the elite

    It just goes to show the the law is only applicable depending on who you are. Could you imagine if this had been Bush or McCain's relative. This just goes to show that this country is in a state of selective prosecution when it comes to enforcing the law. Which is also known as ANARCHY.

    January 26, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  24. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Yep!!! Lets let all the illegal folks that cross the border from Mexico come and stay but we definately want to try to kick out one old lady from Kenya... WHY?

    January 26, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  25. Elle

    Wow! It is sickening how so many laws have been bent since Obama was elected. Why is he and the people connected to him being given special treatment?

    January 26, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
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