Fate of Obama’s Aunt to Be Fought Behind Closed Doors

Laurel J. Sweet, Boston Herald, February 2, 2010

The illegal alien aunt of President Obama could learn this week whether she can put down roots in Boston–or start packing her bags for a one-way trip back to Kenya.

And, save for U.S. Immigration Court Judge Leonard I. Shapiro, she’ll know before anyone else. Zeituni Polly Onyango has persuaded Shapiro to bar the public from her removal proceeding Thursday morning at the John F. Kennedy Federal Building, though it’s unclear why.


Neither Reid [Lauren Alder Reid of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Executive Office for Immigration Review] nor Rogers [Mike Rogers, spokesman for the Ohio law firm defending Onyango] claimed any knowledge of Obama meddling on behalf of his late father’s African half-sister, and Rogers said Onyango isn’t trying “to capitalize” on family favortism.

“Everyone knows she’s related to him,” Rogers said. “It’s a no-win situation for him. He can’t get involved in this. The law has got to run its course.”



Zeituni Polly Onyango. The pearls and dress were a gift from her nephew.


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