Monday, May 10, 2010

President Obama's Aunt Zeituni Onyango Fights Deportation - ABC News

President Obama's Aunt Zeituni Onyango Fights Deportation - ABC News

Zeituni Onyango, 57, is fighting a 2004 removal order by seeking asylum in this country, a status granted to those who cannot return home out of fear of being persecuted.

Onyango first applied for asylum in 2002 "due to violence in Kenya," but was denied and ordered to leave the country. Instead of returning home, the woman who helped raise the president's half brothers and sister in Kenya and whom Obama affectionately referred to as "Auntie Zeituni" in his memoir has remained illegally in Boston, living in subsidized public housing.

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