February 4th, 2010
12:35 PM ET
8 years ago

Judge will decide whether Obama's aunt can stay in U.S.

President Obama's aunt will face a federal immigration judge Thursday.

President Obama's aunt will face a federal immigration judge Thursday.

Boston, Massachusetts (CNN) - A federal immigration judge will decide Thursday whether President Barack Obama's aunt, who has been in the United States illegally for years, will be allowed to stay.

Zeituni Onyango, 57, is the half-sister of the president's late father.

She arrived at the court here in a wheelchair and testified before Judge Leonard Shapiro for two and a half hours about her asylum request, her representative Amy Cohn told CNN.

Two doctors, including her personal physician, are also testifying on her behalf. Onyango's medical condition is part of her legal defense against expulsion.

She applied for political asylum in 2002, citing violence in her native Kenya.

Onyango was a legal resident of the United States at the time and had received a Social Security card a year earlier.

But her asylum request was turned down in 2004. She appealed and was ordered to leave, but has lived in the United States illegally since then.

Her immigration status came to light in the final days of the 2008 Presidential race.

Obama has not weighed in on the case, with the White House saying "the president believes that the case should run its ordinary course."

–CNN's Julian Cummings in Boston contributed to this report.

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soundoff (52 Responses)
  1. john

    Are u kidding? If the judge is a lefty he will make her an american citizen.

    February 4, 2010 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  2. Some republican guy

    Goldangit!! I knew he was a Muslin!!!! The first tipoff was that he attended Reverend Wright's church when he was young. I wouldn't let my grandbabies go to an un-American a church like that!!! They go to a real American church where they learn about cavemen riding dinosaurs onto the ark!!! I bet the narcisstic obamabot's real Kenyan birth certificate was hidden inside granny's wheelchair by the Oprah watching union thugs and the illeagle aliens from ACORN!!!!! They're going to make us socialists just like Canada!!!!! They're going to take away all of my assault rifles!!!! They want to teach my grandbabies that we come from monkeys!!!! MONKEYS!!!!!!!! This whole thing started when that Saddom Hoosain guy blew up the world trade center!!!!!! Inpeach him before it's to late and we're all wearing buray hats with red stars on them and waiting in line for days to get a bowl of rice!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a nice day!

    February 4, 2010 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
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