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Obama’s Aunt Reportedly Living Illegally in Boston – Breaking US law on Immigration. Will Obama issue her with a residency permit if he becomes US President?

Posted by African Press International on November 1, 2008

The Illinois senator’s aunt has been residing in Boston public housing since her request for asylum was denied four years ago.

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama’s aunt, a Kenyan woman who has been quietly living in public housing in Boston, is in the United States illegally after an immigration judge rejected her request for asylum four years ago, The Associated Press has learned.

Zeituni Onyango, 56, referred to as “Aunti Zeituni” in Obama’s memoir, was instructed to leave the United States by a U.S. immigration judge who denied her asylum request, a person familiar with the matter told the AP late Friday. This person spoke on condition of anonymity because no one was authorized to discuss Onyango’s case.

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Information about the deportation case was disclosed and confirmed by two separate sources, one of them a federal law enforcment official. The information they made available is known to officials in the federal government, but the AP could not establish whether anyone at a political level in the Bush administration or in the McCain campaign had been involved in its release.

Onyango’s refusal to leave the country would represent an administrative, non-criminal violation of U.S. immigration law, meaning such cases are handled outside the criminal court system. Estimates vary, but many experts believe there are more than 10 million such immigrants in the United States.

The AP could not reach Onyango immediately for comment. No one answered the telephone number listed in her name late Friday. It was unclear why her request for asylum was rejected in 2004.

Onyango is not a relative whom Obama has discussed in campaign appearances and, unlike Obama’s father and grandmother, is not someone who has been part of the public discussion about his personal life.

A spokeswoman for U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Kelly Nantel, said the government does not comment on an individual’s citizenship status or immigration case.

Onyango’s case — coming to light just days before the presidential election — led to an unusual nationwide directive within Immigrations and Customs Enforcement requiring any deportations prior to Tuesday’s election to be approved at least at the level of ICE regional directors, the U.S. law enforcement official told the AP.

The unusual directive suggests that the Bush administration is sensitive to the political implications of Onyango’s case coming to light so close to the election.

One of the sources acknowledged he was not a supporter of Obama or John McCain and said he has no plans to vote on Tuesday. He said that was not a motive for releasing the information.

Kenya is in eastern Africa between Somalia and Tanzania. The country has been fractured in violence in recent years, including a period of two months of bloodshed after December 2007 that killed 1,500 people.

The disclosure about Onyango came just one day after Obama’s presidential campaign confirmed to the Times of London that Onyango, who has lived quietly in public housing in South Boston for five years, was Obama’s half aunt on his father’s side.

It was not immediately clear how Onyango might have qualified for public housing with a standing deportation order.

Obama Aunt Found Living in Boston Public Housing

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Norwegian picks up Sterling routes

Posted by African Press International on November 1, 2008

Norwegian Air is establishing a base at Copenhagen airport and is starting to fly inland routes in Denmark after Sterling Airline’s collapse earlier this week.

Bjrn Kjos confirmed that Norwegian Air was establishing a base in Copenhagen.

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Norwegian Air’s managing director Bjrn Kjos confirmed that Norwegian would be flying more routes from Denmark at a news conference in Copenhagen on Wednesday.

Kjos denied earlier suggestions that Norwegian Air would take over parts of the bankrupt competitor. However, he said that Norwegian Air will offer half price fares to passengers who have tickets with Sterling up to November 9.

Norwegian Air began flying a new route from Copenhagen to Stockholm on Wednesday.

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Posted by African Press International on November 1, 2008

In 1997 Jagland said that the Labour government would step down after the general election if it received less support than at the previous election.

Thorbjrn Jagland and Gro Harlem Brundtland were not the best of team mates in 1995. Recent statements by Brundtland will not improve the situation.

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At the election the Labour party failed to get 36.9 percent of the vote and duly resigned.

“I didnt think he could be so stupid,” says former Labour Prime Minister Gro Harlem Brundtland when talking about her successor Thorbjrn Jagland to daily newspaper Dagsavisen.

“Im glad I am who I am, and I would never describe another person in those terms,” says Jagland to Norwegian Broadcasting NRK.

Brundtland made her remarks to historian Hans Olav Lahlum who has written an article about the Labour Party and Government power from 1928 up to the present.

Jagland was catapulted into the role of Prime Minister, when Gro Harlem Brundtland caught Norway’s Parliament, the Storting, by surprise and stepped down.

Just before the general election a year later, Jagland made his startling demand for a vote of confidence from the voters and failed to get it.

Jagland refuses to comment further on Brundtlands criticism, but says that hell return to the question when he writes his memoirs.

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We block IP addresses connected to offensive comments

Posted by African Press International on November 1, 2008

Any body usingbad language,being abusive and arrogant in their comments will have their IP address blocked. This site does not entertain any bad language use or tarnishing other people’s names.

We open for serious educative discussions only. Any person blocked will have all past comments on this site deleted.

So if you care for your IP address, respect our site! Do not hide behind your IP address while you abuse this site and the decent comment posters.

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State declares Obama birth certificate genuine

Posted by African Press International on November 1, 2008

HONOLULU (AP) State officials say there’s no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said Friday she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate.

Fukino says that no state official, including Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, ever instructed that Obama’s certificate be handled differently.

She says state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest.

Some Obama critics claim he was not born in the US.

Earlier Friday, a southwest Ohio magistrate rejected a challenge to Obama’s citizenship. Judges in Seattle and Philadelphia recently dismissed similar suits.

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