Did Republican Dirty Tricksters Target Obama's Aunt to Embarrass Him?

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he November 1, 2008, Times of London has a photograph of American Democratic Presidential Candidate Barack Obama's aunt Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of Mr Obama's Kenyan father, Barack Obama, Sr. She is reportedly in the United States illegally. It has also been reported that "she gave a total of $260 to the Obama campaign during the third quarter of this year, records show," according to The Times:

Barack Obama's 'Auntie Zeituni', found by The Times living on a Boston housing estate, appears to have made an illegal contribution to her nephew's presidential campaign because she is not a US citizen.

Following the revelation, Obama's campaign issued a statement saying that Senator Obama had no knowledge of his aunt's immigration status, and that he believed all appropriate laws should be followed in dealing with the issue.

The Associate Press (AP) broke the story on October 31, 2008,  that Auntie Zeituni was in the U.S. illegally. It is believed in some circles that the Republican Party or a Homeland Security worker in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) division sympathetic to Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain illegally leaked the information in a desperate attempt to derail what appears to be an Obama victory on November 4, 2008, which is election day in the U.S.

It is illegal under 8 CFR [Code of Federal Regulations] 208.6 to reveal a person's immigration status. To do so also violates ICE guidelines

The Obama Campaign said Mr. Obama was not aware that his aunt was in the U.S. illegally, and that the money she donated to his campaign will be returned to her.

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