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Obama's Aunt Makes Second Plea for Asylum

Kenyan immigrant was ordered deported in 2004, but stayed
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 4, 2010 8:47 AM CST
Obama's Aunt Makes Second Plea for Asylum
President Obama's aunt, Zeituni Onyango.   (AP Photo)

(Newser) – President Obama's Kenyan aunt is going before a Massachusetts immigration judge today for a second time to argue she should be allowed to stay in the US. Kenya native Zeituni Onyango is making her case this morning in US Immigration Court in Boston on medical grounds. She moved to the United States in 2000, but her first asylum request was rejected and she was ordered deported in 2004.

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Onyango ignored the ruling and continued to live in public housing in Boston. Her status as an illegal immigrant was revealed just days before Obama was elected. Obama says he didn't know his aunt was living in the country illegally, and that laws covering the situation should be followed. A judge agreed to reopen the asylum case. (Read more Zeituni Onyango stories.)

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