Monday, a federal immigration judge finally granted Zeituni Onyango, President Barack Obama’s Kenyan-born aunt, asylum. The court agreed with the woman’s team of legal experts that her life could be in danger if forced to return to her homeland, because she is related to the president. The ruling clears a path for Onyango to apply for permanent residency in a year and U.S. citizenship after five years.
Onyango is the half-sister of Obama’s father, Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. The 57-year-old woman first hit U.S. shores in 2000. She initially applied for asylum in 2004 but was rejected and soon faced deportation. Instead of leaving the country, though, Onyango, who could barely walk due to an autoimmune disorder, decided she would just stay put.
Onyango found a public housing project in South Boston and tried to blend in, which makes her no different than the other 500,000 people living illegally in the United States.
Read the rest of Ruth’s post at AOL BlackVoices.