Thursday, April 10, 2014

November 2008 Surprise: Obama's aunt, who fought immigration battle, dies at 61

USA Today reported that an aunt of President Obama whose undocumented status grabbed national headlines before the president's 2008 election, has died. Attorney Margaret Wong, who represented the president's aunt in her immigration case, said Zeituni Onyango died Tuesday in a Boston rehabilitation center. Onyango, 61, who was the half sister of the president's father, was being treated for cancer and respiratory problems.  She moved to the U.S. from Kenya in 2000 and was denied asylum by an immigration judge in 2004. But Onyango remained in the country illegally, living in Boston public housing until granted asylum in 2010.


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